Director of undergraduate studies: K. David Jackson, 82–90 Wall St., 432-1158, k.jackson@yale.edu; span-port.yale.edu

Portuguese is taught at Yale as part of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese; the names of departmental faculty members teaching Portuguese courses appear in the faculty list under Spanish.

The major in Portuguese is a liberal arts major intended to develop competence in the Portuguese language and to provide students with a comprehensive knowledge of the literatures and cultures of Portugal, Brazil, and African and Asian lands of Portuguese language or influence.

Students begin the study of Portuguese with PORT 110, 125, or S112. After two years of Portuguese language study, or equivalent, students have sufficient proficiency to take advanced courses in Luso-Brazilian literature and culture.

Requirements of the major for the Class of 2018 and previous classes Students in the Class of 2018 and previous classes may fulfill the requirements of the Portuguese major that were in place when they entered the major, as described in previous editions of this bulletin. Alternatively, they may fulfill the requirements for the major as described below for the Class of 2019 and subsequent classes.

Requirements of the major for the Class of 2019 and subsequent classes The standard major, for which the prerequisite is PORT 130 or the equivalent, consists of ten term courses. Students must take at least five term courses in the literatures or cultures of the Portuguese world. In completing their programs, students may elect up to four courses in other languages and literatures, anthropology, history, or history of art, or from study abroad, that are related to their field of study and approved by the director of undergraduate studies. Juniors and seniors majoring in Portuguese may, with the permission of the instructor and the director of graduate studies, enroll in graduate courses in Portuguese.

Senior requirement All majors must present a senior essay. The essay is written in PORT 491 and/or 492. A maximum of two credits counts toward the major.

Placement All students who have not yet taken Portuguese at Yale are expected to take the departmental placement test, with the exception of students who have no previous knowledge of Portuguese whatsoever. The departmental placement test covers reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. The placement test will be given at the beginning of the fall and spring terms; see the departmental Web site for details.


Prerequisite PORT 130 or equivalent

Number of courses 10 term courses beyond prereq (incl senior essay course)

Distribution of courses At least five term course in literatures or cultures of the Portuguese world

Substitution permitted With DUS permission, up to 4 relevant courses from other depts or from study abroad

Senior requirement Senior essay (PORT 491 and/or 492)


PORT 110a, Elementary Portuguese I Staff

Basic vocabulary and fundamentals of grammar through practice in speaking, reading, and writing, with stress on audio-lingual proficiency. Introduces Brazilian and Portuguese culture and civilization. Credit only on completion of PORT 120.  L1RP1½ Course cr

PORT 120b, Elementary Portuguese II Marina Henriques Gomes De Andrade

Continuation of PORT 110. To be followed by PORT 130. Prerequisite: PORT 110. Qualifies students for summer study abroad.  L2RP1½ Course cr

* PORT 125b, Intensive Elementary Portuguese Fabiana DePaula

An intensive beginning course in Portuguese that covers in one term the material taught in PORT 110 and 120. Admits to PORT 130. Basic vocabulary and fundamentals of grammar and phonology through practice speaking, reading, and writing, and listening with stress on audio-lingual proficiency. Advanced students and speakers of other Romance languages, with permission of instructor. Qualifies students for summer study abroad in Brazil (L3-L4).  L1, L22 Course cr

PORT 130a, Intermediate Portuguese I Fabiana DePaula

Contemporary and colloquial usage of Portuguese in the spoken and written language of Brazil. Grammar review and writing practice. Readings on Brazilian society and history are used to build vocabulary. Exercises develop students' oral command of the language.  L3RP1½ Course cr

PORT 140b, Intermediate Portuguese II Fabiana DePaula

Continuation of PORT 130. Grammar review, conversation, cultural topics, and readings from Brazilian literature. Prerequisite: PORT 130.  L4RP1½ Course cr

* PORT 150a, Advanced Practice in Portuguese Marta Almeida

Advanced conversation and composition, with an introduction to Luso-Brazilian literature and culture. After PORT 140 or equivalent. May be repeated for credit.  L5RP

PORT 211b, Portuguese Language & Brazilian Usage Marta Almeida

Advanced study of Portuguese language in Brazil. Focus on developing an analytical and critical sense of current sociolinguistic trends, including globalization, bilingualism, and language and gender. Prerequisite: PORT 140 or equivalent  L5

* PORT 220b / LAST 221b, Reading Contemporary Poetry K. David Jackson

Oral practice, reading, interpretation, and performance of Portuguese poetry from literary modernism to the present. Emphasis on contemporary Brazilian poetry; attention to historical and critical background. Prerequisite: PORT 140 or equivalent.  L5, HU

PORT 243a, Advanced Grammar and Composition Marta Almeida

A review of grammar with special emphasis on the writing of essays for academic or professional readers. Prerequisite: PORT 140 or equivalent  L5

* PORT 300a, The Short Story: Major Authors K. David Jackson

Close reading of modern short stories by major authors writing in Portuguese, with an emphasis on Brazilian literature. Dominant critical and thematic currents; analysis of social forces. Prerequisite: PORT 140 or equivalent.  L5, HU

* PORT 301b / ER&M 301b / JDST 357b / RLST 372b, Diaspora and Jewish Identity in the Transatlantic Igor De Souza

Study of the formation of a Jewish diaspora which established communities from Amsterdam to West Africa, from Brazil to the Caribbean and New York against the framework of the transatlantic—Europe, Africa, and the Americas—from the sixteenth century to the present. Focus on descendants of Portuguese Jews, who sought to uphold aspects of both their Portuguese and Jewish identities, forming thereby a new hybrid, transatlantic Portuguese-Jewish identity.  HU

PORT 351a / LITR 286a, Pessoa, Lispector, Saramago K. David Jackson

Study of works in translation by three contemporary masters in the Portuguese language, Fernando Pessoa, Clarice Lispector, and José Saramago. These authors radically experiment with prose in order to question notions of identity, existence, and meaning.   WR, HU

* PORT 360b / EALL 286b / HUMS 290b / LITR 285b, The Modern Novel in Brazil and Japan Seth Jacobowitz

Brazilian and Japanese novels from the late nineteenth century to the present. Representative texts from major authors are read in pairs to explore their commonalities and divergences. Topics include nineteenth-century realism and naturalism, the rise of mass culture and the avant-garde, and existentialism and postmodernism. No knowledge of Portuguese or Japanese required.  HUTr

* PORT 392b / LAST 392b / LITR 296b, Brazil's Modern Art Movement K. David Jackson

A study of Brazilian modernism in literature and the arts, centered on São Paulo's "Modern Art Week" of 1922 from the perspective of the European avant-gardes (cubism, futurism, surrealism). The Cannibal Manifesto and cultural independence from Europe; avant-garde practices in literature and the arts from the 1920s to the construction of Brasília. Reading knowledge of French and Portuguese helpful but not required.  WR, HUTr

* PORT 394a / LAST 394a / LITR 294a, World Cities and Narratives K. David Jackson

Study of world cities and selected narratives that describe, belong to, or represent them. Topics range from the rise of the urban novel in European capitals to the postcolonial fictional worlds of major Portuguese, Brazilian, and Spanish American cities. Conducted in English.  WR, HUTr

* PORT 471a and PORT 472b, Directed Reading or Directed Research Staff

Individual study for qualified students under the supervision of a faculty member selected by the student. Approval of the director of undergraduate studies is required.

* PORT 491a or b and PORT 492a or b, The Senior Essay Staff

A research project designed under a faculty director, resulting in a substantial paper written in Portuguese, submitted to the DUS and a second designated reader.