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Fulfill Your Language Requirement By Taking Portuguese Or Learn About The Culture And Politics Of Brazil...

Penn State currently offers the introductory Portuguese language sequence as well as occasional courses on Brazilian culture, which are conducted in English and open to all students.

This Is An Exciting Moment For The Portuguese Program!

Plans are in the works to create new courses related to Brazil and other Lusophone (Portuguese-speaking) countries, and we hope to begin offering a minor in Portuguese soon. In the meantime, check out the Penn State summer study abroad program in Salvador de Bahia

So Why Study Portuguese? Here Are Just A Few Of The Many Reasons:

  1. Portuguese is the sixth most widely spoken language in the world. It is the sole official language of countries on three continents: Brazil (South America), Portugal (Europe), and Mozambique, Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, and São Tomé e Príncipe (Africa). It also has co-official language status in Macau and East Timor (Asia) as well as in Equatorial Guinea.
  2. Learn about world-famous writers including Clarice Lispector, Mia Couto, and José Saramago, music genres such as samba, fado, and funk carioca, political struggles like the Landless Workers Movement in Brazil and the anti-colonial wars in Lusophone Africa, histories of slavery, colonialism, and their legacies … Studying Portuguese will provide you with insight into an incredibly diverse world.
  3. If you already have a good grasp of Spanish, you have an edge in learning Portuguese; there are many similarities between the two languages.

To learn more about current courses and future plans for Portuguese and Lusophone studies at Penn State, contact Prof.