University Catalog 2024-2025

Portuguese Studies (Minor)

The objective of the minor in a world language is to enable students majoring in any field to acquire proficiency in an additional 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 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.)


Students should declare the minor as soon as they have completed the first course for the minor, and complete their course work according to their minor degree audit, and the minor requirements. Students can monitor their progress toward completing the minor by viewing their Minor Degree Audit online, anytime, in MyPack Portal. Questions regarding unmet course requirements on the Minor Degree Audit (indicated by a red ‘X’) should be directed to the Minor Coordinator, below. Students contact the Coordinator of Advising, once they have completed all of their courses for the minor, or during the registration period for the student’s final semester at NC State, in order to complete the final certification of the minor. Students will receive official recognition on their transcripts for the completed minor. 

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 Exchange.
  • 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 World Languages and Cultures rubric, and taken through the UNC Language Exchange, 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 World Languages and Cultures 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 departmental major requirements and/or requirements for additional minor(s).
Required Courses
FLP 201Intermediate Portuguese I3
FL 295Special Topics in World Languages and Cultures 13
FLP 401Brazilian Portuguese for Spanish Speakers 23
or FL 295 Special Topics in World Languages and Cultures
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

2 courses above the FLP 201 Intermediate Portuguese I level through the UNC Language Exchange


1 course above the FLP 201 level through the UNC Language Exchange