Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics
Students may opt for a BA or an Honours Minor. The Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics also offers a certificate of language proficiency in Portuguese.
Focus not only on Portugal, but on the entire Lusophone world across four continents: Europe, Africa, South America and Asia. You’ll learn about and engage with a diversity of cultures — their art, literature, history and social and political landscapes. The Portuguese language is the sixth most widely used language in the world and spoken daily by 220 million people.
Experience all the Portuguese Studies program has to offer: publish in the student literary magazine ENTRE VOC/ZES; connect with community and university-wide activities, lectures series, theatre and music/literary events; gain valuable research and cross-cultural skills and build your international networks by participating in faculty-led research projects. Participate in the exchange program at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa in Portugal and other existing exchange programs with Brazil.
Course offerings include: Introduction to Portuguese Culture; The Works of Jorge Amado; Aspects of Contemporary Portugal: Culture and Cinema; and Heroes, Marvels, Monsters and Beauties in Portuguese Literature.
Career options: education; foreign service; international development; social services; arts; media; journalism; national and international law; business and finance; publishing.
For purposes of meeting program requirements, all nine-credit general education (foundation) courses will count as six credits towards the major or minor.
Students who are exempted from Portuguese language courses based on their knowledge of Portuguese must still successfully complete the total number of credits required for the major or minor in Portuguese studies.
Students without prior knowledge of Portuguese must complete AP/POR 1000 6.00, Elementary Portuguese. This course will count for degree credit but not for Portuguese studies major credit.
Honours Minor BA
The Honours Minor BA program described may be combined with any approved Honours BA program that offers a major/minor option in the Faculties of Environmental Studies, Fine Arts, Health, Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, Science or the Lassonde School of Engineering. For further details on requirements, refer to the listings for specific Honours programs that may be pursued jointly with other Faculties.
Note: in a major/minor program, a course may count only once toward major credit or minor credit.
Minor credits: students will take at least 30 credits in Portuguese studies including the following:
12 additional credits chosen from the list of Portuguese studies courses, of which at least six credits with a POR designation must be at the 4000 level.
Note: at least six credits in the minor must be at the 4000 level. Students may take a maximum of six credits from the list of additional courses with a Lusophone emphasis.
BA: 90 Credits
Residency requirement: a minimum of 30 course credits and at least half (50 per cent) of the course credits required in each undergraduate degree program major/minor must be taken at York University.
Graduation requirement: students must successfully complete (pass) at least 90 credits that meet the Faculty's degree and program requirements with a cumulative grade point average of at least 4.00.
General education: 24 credits of general education chosen from approved courses in humanities, modes of reasoning, natural science and social science, including a minimum of six credits in each of humanities, natural science and social science.
Major credits: students will take at least 30 credits in Portuguese studies including the following: