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Peace and Conflict Studies 735
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Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies 812
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  Newark Undergraduate Catalog 2022-2024 School of Arts and Sciences-Newark Academic Programs and Courses Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies 812  

Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies 812
Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies

Conklin Hall, Fourth Floor



Both a major and minor in Portuguese and Lusophone world studies (PLWS) are offered at the Newark College of Arts and Sciences.

Chair: Jason Cortés


Jennifer Austin, Spanish; B.A., Earlham College; M.A., Ph.D., Cornell

Kimberly DaCosta Holton, Portuguese; B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Northwestern

Associate Professors:

Jason Cortés, Spanish; B.A., Puerto Rico; M.A., Ph.D., Pennsylvania State

Jennifer Duprey, Spanish; B.A., Puerto Rico; M.A., New York (Madrid); Ph.D., Cornell

Isadora Grevan de Carvalho, Portuguese; B.A., California (Berkeley); Ph.D., Brown

Elena Lahr-Vivaz, Spanish; B.A., College of William and Mary; Ph.D., Pennsylvania

Assistant Professors:

Javier Castro-Ibaseta, B.A., Ph.D., Universidad Autónoma (Madrid)

The Portuguese and Lusophone world studies (PLWS) major is an interdisciplinary degree program that includes courses in Portuguese language at all levels and Portuguese, Brazilian, and Lusophone African literature, culture, and history, while taking full advantage of Rutgers University-Newark's proximity to the Portuguese-speaking community of Newark's Ironbound neighborhood. 

PLWS majors and minors receive a rigorous and exciting education in the culture, literature, and history of interchange throughout the Lusophone world while combining experiential learning with classroom instruction. Experiential learning can be achieved, for example, through enrollment in credit-bearing internship opportunities within government offices, nonprofits, multinational corporations, and immigrant newspapers in the Portuguese and Brazilian communities of Northern New Jersey and New York. PLWS students also have the opportunity to earn credits for study abroad programs in Portugal and Brazil. Lastly, PLWS majors/minors can compete for the prestigious Luso-Fraternal Association Scholarship, which is awarded annually based on merit and financial need. Students can also apply for the Camões Institute Study Abroad in Portugal Grant provided each year to a PLWS major or minor who assists in the Camões Institute Center located in the John Cotton Dana Library.

Please visit the departmental website for the most up-to-date information about major and minor requirements and current courses.

For additional information, contact RU-info at 848-445-info (4636) or
Comments and corrections to: One Stop Student Services Center.

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