Portuguese (BA)

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Ohio State offers exciting academic opportunities at the undergraduate and graduate levels for students interested in Luso-Brazilian culture and Portuguese language and linguistics.

The strengths of Ohio State's Portuguese program lie in the cutting-edge and versatile language program, the BA in Portuguese that emphasizes the cultural, economic and political complexities, as well as the transatlantic dimension, of the Lusophone world, and the distinguished program in Portuguese linguistics, especially in the areas of phonetics, morphology and pragmatics.

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Portuguese is a major world language, but its importance is insufficiently recognized in the United States. For example, half of all U.S. businesses in Latin America are located in Brazil. The knowledge of a second language is usually a key to acquiring strong writing skills. Employment in almost any field is open to a language major, especially in companies that do business with overseas clients. This can range from the banking industry to public relations to computer programming.

courses you might take:

PORTGSE 2798.10: Contemporary Issues in Brazil: Cultural, Environmental, & Racial Politics in the SE & NE Regions

Consists of lectures on special topics by the faculty of University of the UNESP-SJRP, and of ACBEU/Salvador, fieldtrips, and survival Portuguese classes. In Salvador, the course will explore some of the contemporary advances and challenges of the people of Bahia Brazil socially, culturally and environmentally.

PORTGSE 4597.02: Representing Identity in the Cinema of the Portuguese-Speaking World

How film in the contemporary Portuguese-speaking world (e.g., Brazil, Portugal, Angola) reflects on race, ethnicity, multiculturalism and transnational contact.

PORTGSE 5611: The Portuguese Language

Focus on the diversity of Portuguese. Examines the principal areas of linguistic variation in Portuguese and the main dialect differences between Brazil and Portugal. Students conduct basic analyses of linguistic data using computerized corpus tools for hypothesis-testing.



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