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Portuguese and Luso-Brazilian Culture Minor

Students interested in studying the Portuguese language and the cultures of Brazil and other Portuguese-speaking countries can enroll in the Portuguese and Luso-Brazilian Culture minor. This course of study opens channels of communication with millions of people around the world, including Brazil, Latin America’s largest and most heavily populated country. The department encourages students to include at least one semester of study abroad in a Portuguese-speaking country. The department offers courses taught in English for students interested in Hispanic, Latin American, Luso-Brazilian, or U.S. Latino cultures.

Students must complete at least 15 credits of coursework, described as follows, to complete the minor.

If you are interested in our Portuguese and Luso-Brazilian Culture Minor, you may email our minor advisor Ana Paula Carvalho ( for more information.


For the most current course requirements, please refer to the Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences Undergraduate Studies Department's program requirements sheet for the Portuguese and Luso-Brazilian Culture Minor. Please contact an HLL advisor regarding requirements for students with enrollment dates prior to recent course registration policy revisions (the revision date is noted on the program sheet).

Required Courses

Additional Requirements

Declaring the Minor

Students must apply for any official minor they will complete or have completed at the time they apply for graduation. Students must complete at least half of the credits toward these minors while enrolled in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh.

Grade Requirements

Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 or higher in departmental courses. No course with a grade below C will count toward the major requirements.


If a student places out of a required course for the minor, the student will need to take the equivalent number of credits in additional mid- or upper-level Spanish courses in order to meet minimum credit requirements.

Additional Information

Study Abroad

The department offers programs in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Alcalâ de Henares, Spain; Havana, Cuba; and Lisbon, Portugal. For more information please visit the Study Abroad Office website at or by phone 412-624-7413.

El Centro – The Spanish Language Hub at Pitt

This center provides free, individual help to students enrolled in language, grammar, and literature courses. Students may also stop by to practice their conversational skills. El Centro, located in CL 1302-B, is staffed by TAs and/or TFs from the department. The center will be open from September to May; schedules are announced at the beginning of each fall and spring term.

Spanish and Portuguese Clubs

These two clubs will offer activities throughout the academic year. Check the department’s Web site for details about Mesas de conversación, Movie Nights, and Brazil Nuts events.