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Undergraduate Certificate in Brazilian Studies

Students who want to be more competitive in the global workforce are welcome to take this certificate. A certificate in Brazilian Studies is a logical compliment to some of our existing minors.  This certificate include courses in Portuguese language and in Brazilian Culture, Literature and Film offered in the Department of Languages and Linguistics as well as in other departments such as Art, Sociology and Anthropology, Communication, History, Political Sciences, African American Studies and CIBS in the College of Liberal Arts; as well as courses in the College of Education.  Some of these courses already focus on Brazil, while others have or can add a component on Brazil.

The certificate consists of 15 credit hours with one required course PORT 3340: Introduction to Brazilian Cultures.  The remaining 4 courses should be taken in at least 3 of the participating departments. Students will be required to maintain a minimum B average in certificate courses. Students may substitute one of these courses for a study abroad experience in Brazil offered by a certified academic program.

Students must have completed Portuguese 1402, 2401 and 2402 (or equivalent) with a grade of C or better to begin the certificate in Brazilian Studies.  To complete this interdisciplinary certificate students must have completed 15 credits in courses approved for the certificate, with a grade of B or better.  PORT 3340 Cultures of Brazil is required.  The other four courses should be taken in at least three of the participating departments.  Students should consult with the Director of Brazilian Studies to determine a course of study suitable to their interests and before enrolling in courses that do not deal specifically with Brazil but that do contain a Brazilian component.  These courses are designated with an *. 

Degree Plan

Required Credits: 15

Required Courses:
PORT 3340Cultures of Brazil3
Prescribed Subjects:
Select three courses from different subjects of the following:9
Topics in African/Amer Studies
Cultural Diversity
Indig Cultures of Latin Amer
Communication Theory/Analysis
Selected Topics
South America Since 1810
History of Women
The Americas
Topics Lat Amer/Border Stud
Politics in World Regions
Politics/Developing Countries
Conversational Portuguese
Cultural Diversity
Indig Cultures of Latin Amer
Spanish/Latin American Film
Popular Cult in Latin Am/Spain
Ed & Community: Crit Pedagogy
Additional Elective:
Select one additional course from the above courses3
Total Hours15