The Languages, Literatures, and Cultures of the Portuguese-Speaking World

University of California, Berkeley

About the Program

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese offers a minor in The Languages, Literatures, and Cultures of the Portuguese-Speaking World. For further information on minor requirements, please see the Minor Requirements tab on this page.

No formal declaration of enrollment in the minor program is required. Upon completion of the program, however, students must file with the undergraduate adviser of the department the Petition for Confirmation of the Minor Completion form. For further information on declaring the minor, please see the department website.

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Minor Requirements

Students who have a strong interest in an area of study outside their major often decide to complete a minor program. These programs have set requirements and are noted officially on the transcript in the memoranda section, but they are not noted on diplomas.

General Guidelines

  1. All courses taken to fulfill the minor requirements below must be taken for graded credit.
  2. A minimum of three of the upper division courses taken to fulfill the minor requirements must be completed at UC Berkeley.
  3. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 is required for courses used to fulfill the minor requirements.
  4. Courses used to fulfill the minor requirements may be applied toward the Seven-Course Breadth requirement, for Letters & Science students.
  5. No more than one upper division course may be used to simultaneously fulfill requirements for a student's major and minor programs.
  6. All minor requirements must be completed prior to the last day of finals during the semester in which the student plans to graduate. If students cannot finish all courses required for the minor by that time, they should see a College of Letters & Science adviser.
  7. All minor requirements must be completed within the unit ceiling. (For further information regarding the unit ceiling, please see the College Requirements tab.)

Requirements

Prerequisites
PORTUG 50Intensive Portuguese for Spanish Speakers4
Upper Division
Select five upper division courses in Portuguese/Brazilian language, linguistics, literature, or culture, selected from the offerings of the department

Advising

Advising Staff and Advising Hours

Jenny Cole
spanua@berkeley.edu
5317 Dwinelle Hall (Floor E)
Fall and spring semesters: Monday through Friday, 9 to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.; or by appointment
Summer: Monday through Friday, 9 to noon and 1 to 3 p.m.; or by appointment

Mailing Address

Department of Spanish and Portuguese
5317 Dwinelle Hall #2590
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-2590

Courses

Portuguese

PORTUG 24 Freshman Seminar 1 Unit

Offered through: Spanish and Portuguese
Terms offered: Spring 2018, Fall 2017, Spring 2017
The Freshman Seminar Program has been designed to provide new students with the opportunity to explore an intellectual topic with a faculty member in a small-seminar setting. Freshman Seminars are offered in all campus departments, and topics vary from department to department and semester to semester.

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PORTUG 27 Introduction to Portugal, Brazil, and other Portuguese-Speaking Cultures (in English) 3 Units

Offered through: Spanish and Portuguese
Terms offered: Fall 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2017
This course offers an overview of contemporary Portuguese-Speaking Cultures and Literatures. The time frame covered is from the sixties--years of rupture and experimentalism in artistic and cultural production—to the present. Students will study the concrete poetry of the Portuguese author Ana Hatherly, the visual (“Concrete”) poems of the Brazilian author Haroldo de Campos, and the drawings of the
Swiss-Brazilian artist Maria Schendel. The course content will include the multi-layered music of the Angolan duet Ouro Negro and the political essays of Cape Verdean academic Amílcar Cabral. Themes such as colonization, decolonization, freedom, will be among the larger, decidedly compelling group of subjects on which the course will touch.
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PORTUG 50 Intensive Portuguese for Spanish Speakers 4 Units

Offered through: Spanish and Portuguese
Terms offered: Fall 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2017
An intensive course for students who have no previous study of Portuguese designed to introduce the basics of the language. This offering prepares the student for upper division course work in Portuguese.

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PORTUG 102 Readings in Portuguese 4 Units

Offered through: Spanish and Portuguese
Terms offered: Fall 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2017
The continuation of Portuguese 101A-101B, this course focuses on a variety of texts with special emphasis on 20th-century Brazil. Discussion in Portuguese; reinforcement and development of language skills.

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PORTUG 103 Advanced Grammar and Composition 4 Units

Offered through: Spanish and Portuguese
Terms offered: Fall 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2017
Advanced work in Portuguese grammatical structures. Practice in writing.

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PORTUG 104 Introduction to Brazilian Literature 4 Units

Offered through: Spanish and Portuguese
Terms offered: Spring 2018, Spring 2017, Fall 2015
A survey of Brazilian literature from the beginnings through the 20th century, with attention to the relationships between literature and society.

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PORTUG 113 Brazilian Civilization 4 Units

Offered through: Spanish and Portuguese
Terms offered: Spring 2018, Spring 2017, Fall 2008
The course presents an overview of major themes in Brazilian cultural expression with emphasis on the 19th and 20th centuries.

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PORTUG 128 Twentieth-Century Brazilian Literature 4 Units

Offered through: Spanish and Portuguese
Terms offered: Fall 2018, Fall 2017, Fall 2016
An examination of the most important 20th-century writers from the 1920s through the present. Emphasis on the shifting definition of "brasileiridade" and on new directions in contemporary poetry and fiction.

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PORTUG 135 Studies in Luso-Brazilian Literature 4 Units

Offered through: Spanish and Portuguese
Terms offered: Fall 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2017
Study of literature and cultural texts representative of classical literary genres: narrative prose, plays and poetry.

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PORTUG H195 Portuguese Honors Course 3 Units

Offered through: Spanish and Portuguese
Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015
Directed study centering on the preparation/completion of an honors thesis (see Honors Program, Option B, above).

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PORTUG 199 Supervised Independent Study and Research 1 - 3 Units

Offered through: Spanish and Portuguese
Terms offered: Fall 2016, Spring 2016, Spring 2015

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Faculty and Instructors

+ Indicates this faculty member is the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award.

Faculty

Emilie L. Bergmann, Professor. Early modern Spain, colonial Spanish America, Spanish literature, Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, visual studies, gender and sexuality studies.
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Natalia Brizuela, Associate Professor. Spanish, Portuguese.
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Anthony J. Cascardi, Professor. English, comparative literature, literature, Spanish, Portuguese, philosophy, aesthetics, early modern literature, French, Spanish Baroque.
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Justin Davidson, Assistant Professor. Spanish linguistics, romance linguistics, contact linguistics, bilingualism, Catalan, sociophonetics, language variation and change, quantitative methods.
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Ivonne Del Valle, Associate Professor. Colonial period in Mexico, internal colonialism in Mexico, Jesuits (Loyola, Acosta, Baegert), Baroque and Enlightenment from a colonial perspective, technology and environment, drainage of Mexico City lakes, Christianity and Pre-Hispanic religions.
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Daylet Dominguez, Assistant Professor. Modern and Contemporary Latin American and Caribbean Literatures and Cultures.
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Michael Iarocci, Professor. Spanish, literature.
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Tom McEnaney, Assistant Professor.

Ignacio Navarrete, Professor. Spanish literature: poetry, poetic theory, narrative and culture, history of the book, Cervantes, Don Quixote, Medieval and Early Modern Spanish literature. Modern Spain.
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Alexandra Saum Pascual, Assistant Professor. Spain, electronic literature, contemporary literature, digital humanities, new media.
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Candace Slater, Professor. Spanish, Portuguese.
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Estelle Tarica, Associate Professor. Latin America, Mexico, race, nationalism, Spanish, mestizo, Indians, Andes, Bolivia, Peru, Holocaust, Quechua.
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Lecturers

Amelia R. Barili, Lecturer.

Agnes Dimitriou, Lecturer.

Clelia Francesca Donovan, Lecturer.

Miriam Hernandez-Rodriguez, Lecturer.

Stephanie Lain, Lecturer.

Elena B. Olsen, Lecturer.

Duarte Carvalho Pinheiro, Lecturer.

Ana Belen Redondo Campillos, Lecturer.

Victoria Martinez Robertson, Lecturer.

Donna A. Southard, Lecturer.

Tanya Varela, Lecturer.

Emeritus Faculty

Arthur L. Askins, Professor Emeritus. Spanish, Portuguese.
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Milton M. Azevedo, Professor Emeritus. Linguistics, Spanish, Portuguese.
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Jerry R. Craddock, Professor Emeritus. Spanish, Portuguese.
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Dru Dougherty, Professor Emeritus. Poetry, stage history, Valle-Inclan, Spanish poetics, war and literature.
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Charles Faulhaber, Professor Emeritus. Medieval Spanish literature; medieval rhetoric; codicology, paleography; computerization of scholarly methodology.
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+ Francine R. Masiello, Professor Emeritus. Gender theory, culture, globalization, comparative literature, Spanish, Latin American literature of the 19th and 20th centuries, comparative North and South literatures.
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John H. R. Polt, Professor Emeritus. Spanish literature, 18th century, 19th century.
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Jose Rabasa, Professor Emeritus. Spanish, Portuguese.
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Julio Ramos, Professor Emeritus. Spanish, Portuguese.
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Contact Information

Department of Spanish and Portuguese

5319 Dwinelle Hall

Phone: 510-642-0471

Fax: 510-642-6957

gspa@berkeley.edu

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Department Chair

Michael Iarocci, PhD

5210 Dwinelle Hall

miarocci@berkeley.edu

Faculty Adviser

Candace Slater, PhD

5305 Dwinelle Hall

cslater@berkeley.edu

Undergraduate Adviser

Jenny Cole

5317 Dwinelle Hall

Phone: 510-642-4084

spanua@berkeley.edu

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