UMass Boston

Portuguese Studies Minor

Hone Your Proficiency in Portuguese. 

If you want to develop your proficiency in Portuguese while also exploring the Lusophone world in its complexity, consider the Portuguese Minor at UMass Boston. 

Through this program, you can take a range of courses on the culture, language, and societies of the Lusophone world. You’re encouraged to study abroad as part of this minor, and the school works closely with you to find internships or work opportunities where you can use your Portuguese skills. 

This program opens the door to careers in government, medicine, Foreign Service, social work, business, teaching, and translation.

Expand Your Studies

How to Apply/Declare

Current Undergraduate Students: Declare or change your minor by completing an Undergraduate Program Add/Change form.

Prospective Undergraduate Students: Apply for admission to UMass Boston by completing an application. Start by reviewing the first-year and transfer application pages for important information about requirements, deadlines, and application status checks. Use the links below to apply: 

Apply as a First-Year Student

Apply as a Transfer Student


Intermediate Portuguese Courses (6 Credits)

Complete two courses from the list below.

  • PORT 201 - Intermediate Portuguese I 3 Credit(s) OR
  • PORT 278 - Portuguese for Heritage Speakers 3 Credit(s)


  • PORT 202 - Intermediate Portuguese II 3 Credit(s) OR
  • PORT 279 - Writing for Heritage Speakers of Portuguese 3 Credit(s)

Advanced Portuguese Course (3 Credits)

  • PORT 304 - Advanced Portuguese 3 Credit(s)

Electives (9 Credits)

  • ANTH 220G - Indigenous Peoples and Cultural Change in Amazonia 3 Credit(s)
  • LATAM 380L - Afro-Luso-Brazilian Cinema 3 Credit(s)
  • PORT 375L - Afro-Luso-Brazilian Cultures 3 Credit(s)

Completion Requirements

Complete 18 credits from six courses, including two intermediate Portuguese courses, one advanced Portuguese course, and three electives.

Pass/fail: No more than one course taken pass/fail may be applied toward the minor.
Residency: At least three courses must be taken in the Latin American and Iberian Studies Department at UMass Boston.
Course level: At least two courses applied toward the minor must be at the 300-level or higher.


Nayelli Maria Castro-Ramirez, PhD, Latin American & Iberian Studies Department Chair
MCormack Hall, 4th Floor, Room 615     
nayelli.castro [@]

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