Why Study Portuguese?

The Department of Hispanic Languages & Literatures offers a Luso-Brazilian minor course of study. Studying Portuguese is becoming increasingly important in the international community, according to the statistics listed below: 

  • One out of every three Latin Americans (1 out of every 2 South Americans) speaks Portuguese, and Brazil is the industrial and economic super power of Latin America. Having Portuguese language skills increases marketability for employment.
  • Brazil has become the 5th largest economy in the world (over taking Britain & France). Brazil is also part of the BRICs (Brazil, Russia, India & China) which are each increasingly influential world economies.
  • Portuguese is the 7th most spoken language in the world with over 240 million speakers world-wide.
  • Portuguese is the 2nd most spoken Romance language - second only to its sister language, Spanish.
  • World-wide there are more native speakers of Portuguese than of French, German, Japanese, or Italian.
  • Portuguese is not only spoken in Portugal and Brazil, but also in the African countries of Angola, Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau, Cape Verde Islands, Sao Tome, Principe; on the Indian subcontinent in Goa, Damsa and Diu; in the Chinese enclave of Macao; in Timor; in the Azores and in Madeira!