The Department of World Languages and Cultures welcomes students to the study of Portuguese. Students may enroll in Portuguese language courses to meet program requirements or elect to earn a minor in Portuguese. The minor in Portuguese requires a minimum of 18 semester hours above the elementary level. The intermediate level of the language is a prerequisite for all upper-level courses leading toward the minor. Proficiency credit may be granted for intermediate courses if a student passes specified departmental exams. Students must attain a grade of C or better in all courses taken for the minor.
Why Study Portuguese?
The importance of Portuguese on the global stage is undeniable. Portuguese is the seventh most widely spoken language in the world, with over 200 million speakers on at least five continents. Portuguese is the official language of the nations of Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, East Timor, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal, and São Tomé & Príncipe. There are significant Portuguese-speaking immigrant populations in North America.
Brazil, the largest Portuguese-speaking country, is the fifth largest country in the world in both area and population. Brazil alone has a larger population than all of the Spanish-speaking countries of South America combined. The greater São Paulo urban area, Brazil's economic "capital," is by some estimates the fifth largest metropolitan area in the world. Brazil is a "BRICS" country: Brazil's economy is the largest in Latin America and is the sixth largest in the world. Brazil has the largest population of African descent outside of Nigeria.
Students of Portuguese are encouraged to take advantage of study abroad in Brazil and other Portuguese-speaking countries. WSSU collaborates with institutional partners in Brazil to provide intensive summer programs in language and study in several disciplines. Contact the department for details. WSSU also refers students interested in semester and academic year study to the University of North Carolina Exchange Program (UNC-EP), which partners with four universities in the beautiful city of Curitiba, Brazil.