Learning Goals for Portuguese Majors and Minors
Majors in Portuguese should be able to demonstrate proficiency in interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational modes of communication and a basic knowledge of cultural studies. Majors should be able to carry out conversations in which they can describe, compare, and contrast, in all tenses (present, past, and future), with an appropriate breadth of vocabulary and register, and to be understood by a nonsympathetic listener; and to read and write documents written in academic, formal, and/or literary registers of the language.
Majors should be able to conduct research projects according to the methodologies of the humanities, social, or cognitive sciences and demonstrate intercultural awareness and understanding of the Luso-Brazilian world. Honors students will be able to complete independent research, write a thesis, and defend it before a faculty committee.
Portuguese majors will be able to demonstrate knowledge of current issues and perspectives in literary and cultural studies in Portuguese and the fundamental body of works in Luso-Brazilian literature and culture; critically analyze verbal and visual texts; and demonstrate familiarity with a range of cultural works from different time periods and geographical regions within the Portuguese-speaking world and with the historical phenomena and sociocultural issues that these works negotiate.
Minors in Portuguese will be able to demonstrate a level of language proficiency that allows basic conversations on a variety of uncomplicated topics, with basic command of the language and some spontaneous creative ability; and basic familiarity with the main cultural, literary, and linguistic issues of the Luso-Brazilian world.