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Liberal Arts and Professional Studies – Portuguese Studies

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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:

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:

Note: at least 12 credits in the major at the 3000 level or above,

Upper-level credits: at least 18 credits at the 3000 or 4000 level.

Credits outside the major: at least 18 credits.

Note: students may take a maximum of six credits from the list of additional courses with a Lusophone emphasis.

Portuguese Studies Courses

Portuguese Courses

AP/POR 2000 6.00
AP/POR 2600 6.00
AP/POR 3000 6.00
AP/POR 3500 3.00
AP/POR 3600 6.00
AP/POR 3640 3.00
AP/POR 3650 3.00
AP/POR 3660 3.00
AP/POR 3800 6.00
AP/POR 3900 3.00
AP/POR 3900 6.00
AP/POR 4100 3.00
AP/POR 4610 3.00
AP/POR 4620 3.00
AP/POR 4630 3.00
AP/POR 4900 3.00
AP/POR 4900 6.00

Additional Courses

AP/HIST 2720 6.00
AP/HIST 3391 6.00
AP/HIST 3700 6.00
AP/HIST 4799 6.00
AP/POLS 3553 6.00
AP/POLS 4575 3.00
FA/MUSI 1510 6.00
FA/MUSI 3300 6.00
GL/HIST 3675 3.00 (cross-listed to: GL/ILST 3675 3.00)


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