Portuguese Studies (Minor)

To see more about what you will learn in this program, visit the Learning Outcomes website!

The objective of the minor in a foreign language is to enable students majoring in any field to acquire proficiency in a second language, understanding of the culture, and knowledge of the countries in which the language is spoken.


To be admitted to the program, a student must have a GPA of at least 2.0. Application for admission to any University minor program is now available via MyPack Portal. Admission will be based upon the student’s academic record, and in most cases no longer requires departmental review. To declare the Italian Minor, go to the Add a Minor page. (Students may declare the minor when they are enrolled in a class that counts toward the minor.)


Paperwork for certification should be completed no later than during the registration period for the student’s final semester at NC State. Students should meet with the Coordinator of Advising to complete with the final certification. Students will receive official recognition on their transcripts for the completed minor.

Coordinator of Advising

Susan Navey-Davis
Withers 321

Contact Person

Karen Coachman
Senior Lecturer
Language & Computer Labs 206
Campus Box 8106


Plan Requirements

  • Completion of 15 credit hours is required.
  • 9 Credit hours must be taken at NC State or through the UNC Language Assembly/Portuguese as World Language Consortium.
  • In addition to FLP 201 Intermediate Portuguese I (3 credits), two additional Portuguese language or culture courses (6 credits) above the FLP 201 Intermediate Portuguese I level to be listed under the FL 295 Special Topics in Foreign Languages and/or Literatures rubric must be taken through the UNC Language Assembly/Portuguese as a World Language Consortium are required.
  • A maximum of six (6) credit hours may be transferred into the minor from another institution. The minor adviser may approve more on a discretionary basis.
  • The Department of Foreign Languages and Literature will determine which courses transferred from other institutions may qualify to meet requirements for the minor.
  • A grade of ‘C-’ or better is required in all courses in the minor program.
  • A maximum of two (2) courses may be used (double-counted) towards both another departmental major requirements and minor requirements.
Required Courses
FLP 201Intermediate Portuguese I3
FL 295Special Topics in Foreign Languages and/or Literatures 13
FLP 401Brazilian Portuguese for Spanish Speakers 23
or FL 295 Special Topics in Foreign Languages and/or Literatures
Elective Courses
Select two of the following:6
Andean South America
People and Cultures of Africa
African Civilization
Introduction to the African Diaspora
African American Religions
World Forestry
Colonial Latin America
Modern Latin America
Introduction to History of West Africa
United States-Latin American Relations Since 1823
Latin American Revolutions
Introduction to International Relations
Seminar in Latin American & Caribbean Politics
Total Hours15