The Portuguese minor focuses on Brazilian Portuguese and provides the students with knowledge of the Portuguese-speaking world and the relations between the different national contexts in which the language is spoken. The courses are designed to cover a variety of topics that are relevant to Brazil and other Portuguese-speaking countries. Students acquire a wider comprehension of Portuguese in a multi-cultural context.

The topics of the courses range from language to literature; from academic writing to performing arts; from sixteenth century letters on colonial issues to contemporary issues of biodiversity; from documentary films to soap operas; from nineteenth century Brazilian opera to twenty-first century funk ostentação.

The faculty in the Portuguese program incorporate their international research into their teaching. Their innovative pedagogical approaches aim to contribute to students' cultural intelligence, in addition to language fluency.


Declaration of a minor in Portuguese is open to any student enrolled at CU Boulder, regardless of college or school. To declare the Portuguese Minor, make an appointment with the Spanish and Portuguese Department Professional Advisor.

The minor in Portuguese consists of 18 credit hours, at least nine of which must be upper-division credit hours. A grade of C- or better is required for a course to apply to the requirements of the minor, and a cumulative GPA in all Portuguese courses of at least 2.0 is required for completion of the minor.

Transfer credit must be approved by the Associate Chair of Undergraduate Studies. A maximum of two courses may be taken abroad; this may be in addition to transfer credits. Study Abroad courses must be approved; contact the Spanish and Portuguese Department Professional Advisor to begin the process.

Required Courses and Credit Hours

Required Courses
2000-level Portuguese courses
Choose two of the following:6
Second-Year Portuguese 1
Portuguese for Romance Language Speakers
Second-Year Portuguese 2
Brazil: Past and Present
3000-level Portuguese courses
Choose two of the following:6
Advanced Portuguese Language Skills
Lisbon as a Global City: Cosmopolitanism, Diversity, and Innovation
Transatlantic Relations in the Portuguese Speaking World
Socio-Environmental Dynamics in Brazil
4000-level Portuguese courses
Choose two of the following:6
Brazilian Literature
Literature of the Portuguese Speaking World
Special Topics in Luso-Brazilian and/or African Literature
Total Credit Hours18