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.

After completion of at least one upper-division course you can email the Undergraduate Advisor to declare the Portuguese Minor. Please include your name, SID, and which minor you intend to complete. Your intended minor will then appear on your CalCentral dashboard below your major. For further information on declaring and confirming completion of 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.

General Guidelines

  1. All minors must be declared before the first day of classes in your Expected Graduation Term (EGT). For summer graduates, minors must be declared prior to the first day of Summer Session A. 

  2. All upper-division courses must be taken for a letter grade. 

  3. A minimum of three of the upper-division courses taken to fulfill the minor requirements must be completed at UC Berkeley.

  4. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 is required in the upper-division courses to fulfill the minor requirements.

  5. Courses used to fulfill the minor requirements may be applied toward the Seven-Course Breadth requirement, for Letters & Science students.

  6. No more than one upper division course may be used to simultaneously fulfill requirements for a student's major and minor programs.

  7. 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.

  8. All minor requirements must be completed within the unit ceiling. (For further information regarding the unit ceiling, please see the College Requirements tab.)


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
PORTUG 102Conversations in Portuguese4
PORTUG 103Advanced Grammar and Composition4
PORTUG 104Brazil in the World4
PORTUG 113Brazilian Culture Through and Across the Arts and Media4
PORTUG 115The Brazilian Lyric4
PORTUG 128Modern and Contemporary Brazilian Literature4
PORTUG 135Studies in Luso-Brazilian Literature4


Advising Staff and Advising Hours

Maxwell Moloney, MA
UMA Spanish & Portuguese
5317 Dwinelle Hall (Floor E)

Mailing Address

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



Contact Information

Department of Spanish and Portuguese

5319 Dwinelle Hall

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Department Chair

Estelle Tarica, PhD

5210 Dwinelle Hall

Portuguese Faculty Advisor

Nathaniel Wolfson

5219 Dwinelle Hall

Undergraduate Advisor

Maxwell Moloney, MA

5317 Dwinelle Hall

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