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Degree Requirements

This program consists of 6 3-credit-hour courses (for a total of 18 credit hours) in which students pursue Brazilian studies beyond the 3 first semesters of basic language classes. In consultation with departmental advisors, students combine their course work in several academic areas, such as language, business, economics, film and media studies, geography, history, political science, and theatre.

Brazilian Studies Minor Course Requirements

Students selecting this minor must complete the following:

Prerequisite Knowledge. Satisfied by Intermediate Brazilian Portuguese I-PORT 212 or equivalent placement.

Requirements for the Minor. Satisfied by 3 courses from each of the following groups:

• Group I:

PORT 216 Intermediate Brazilian Portuguese II (3) 
PORT 220 Intensive Intermediate Brazilian Portuguese (3) (Open only to students abroad)
PORT 300 Brazilian Culture (3)
PORT 320 Introduction to Portuguese and Brazilian Literatures (3)
PORT 340 Textual Analysis and Critical Reading (3)
PORT 490 Intensive Advanced Portuguese (3) (Open only to students abroad)

• Group II:

GEOG 597 Geography of Brazil (3)
HIST 579 The History of Brazil (3)
PORT 347 Brazilian Studies: _____ (3)
PORT 348 Portuguese Language and Brazilian Culture for Business (3)PORT 365 Studies in Brazilian Film: _____ (3)
PORT 394 Special Readings in Brazilian Studies (3)
PORT 471 Studies in Brazilian Culture and Civilization: _____ (1-3)
PORT 475 Studies in Brazilian Literature: _____ (1-3)
PORT 565 Studies in Brazilian Film: _____ (3)

• Depending on their content, the following courses may substitute for required or elective courses by petition:

ECON 582 Economic Development (3)
IBUS 303 Business, Culture and Society: Latin America (3) (with at least 1/3 of focus on Brazil and a paper on Brazil)
FMS 542 Latin American Film (3) (with at least 1/3 of focus on Brazil and a paper on Brazil)
HIST 370 Violence and Conflict in Latin American History (3) (with at least 1/3 of focus on Brazil and a paper on Brazil)
HIST 372 Violence and Conflict in Latin American History, Honors (3) (with at least 1/3 of focus on Brazil and a paper on Brazil)
HIST 580 Economic History of Latin America (3) (with at least 1/3 of focus on Brazil and a paper on Brazil)
POLS 659 Political Dynamics of Latin America (3) (with at least 1/3 of focus on Brazil and a paper on Brazil)
SPAN 522 Advanced Studies in Spanish Language: Phonetics and Phonology of Spanish and Portuguese in Contrast (3) (taught in Spanish)

Minor Hours & Minor GPA

While completing all required courses, minors must also meet each of the following hour and grade-point average minimum standards:

Minor Hours
Satisfied by 18 hours of minor courses.

Minor Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 9 junior/senior (300+) hours of KU resident credit in the minor. 

Minor Junior/Senior Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 15 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the minor.

Minor Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in all departmental courses (300+) in the minor. GPA calculations include all departmental courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.



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