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Bachelor of Arts in Portuguese (PORTBA)Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Students on Summer 2019, Fall 2019, or Spring 2020 requirements.

Description

The Bachelor of Arts in Portuguese offers students an in-depth encounter with the rich and diverse realm of Portuguese, Brazilian and Lusophone African literature and culture, while focusing on the study of the Portuguese language. Students can explore topics such as race, ethnicity, national cinemas, and women's writing. The study of language, literature, and culture gives special emphasis to issues of historical and political importance that cut across geographic boundaries in the Portuguese-speaking world.

Major requirements

The major requires at least 30 credit hours* (beyond HISP-P 100 and HISP-P 150), including the requirements listed below.

  1. Second-Year Portuguese I**. One (1) course from the following:
    • P: HISP-P 150 or equivalent. Attendance in the language laboratory may be required. Continuation of HISP-P 100, with increased emphasis on communicative exercises and selected readings. (3 credit hours.)
  2. Second-Year Portuguese II. One (1) course from the following:
    • P: HISP-P 150 or equivalent. Attendance in the language laboratory may be required. Continuation of HISP-P 150, with increased emphasis on communicative exercises and selected readings. (3 credit hours.)
  3. Advanced Grammar and Composition in Portuguese. One (1) course from the following:
    • P: HISP-P 200 and HISP-P 250; or equivalent. An advanced course on basic grammar skills and composition. Emphasis on syntax, vocabulary usage, and writing. (3 credit hours.)
  4. Reading and Conversation in Portuguese. One (1) course from the following:
    • P: HISP-P 200 and HISP-P 250; or equivalent. Emphasis on conversational and reading skills using plays, short stories, poetry, and novels from Brazil, Portugal, and Lusophone Africa. Students will also be introduced to the basics of literary appreciation. (3 credit hours.)
  5. Literature. Six (6) credit hours from the .
    • A general overview of the literature in Portuguese. The course emphasizes the unity and diversity of the literature in the major Portuguese-speaking areas of the world: Brazil, Portugal, and Lusophone Africa. Starting with the parallel development of one literature (Portuguese) in distinct geographical areas (the Portuguese colonies), it shows the changes that take place when new nations are created in these areas, and new national literatures become a reality. The course combines lecture and discussion, and is conducted in Portuguese. (3 credit hours.)
    • A survey of the literatures from Brazil, Portugal, and Lusophone Africa. Lectures and discussions of selected works by representative authors of the major literary periods. (3 credit hours.)
    • Survey of literary works and film adaptations from the Lusophone world. (3 credit hours.)
    • A survey of women’s writing from different Portuguese-speaking nations. (3 credit hours.)
    • Representative authors and works from 1915 to the present. (3 credit hours.)
    • Historical survey of poetry in Portuguese. Emphasis on major authors from Brazil, Portugal, and Lusophone Africa. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 6 credit hours. (3 credit hours.)
    • A survey of theatre in the Portuguese language from the sixteenth century to the late twentieth century. Particular attention will be given to the social and historical context in which works were produced. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 6 credit hours. (3 credit hours.)
    • Survey of prose writers and works from the middle ages to the present. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 6 credit hours. (3 credit hours.)
    • P: Consent of the department. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 6 credit hours in HISP-P 494 and HISP-X 492. (1–3 credit hours.)
    • P: Consent of the department. Topics vary. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 6 credit hours. (3 credit hours.)
  6. 400 Level Hours. Six (6) hours of HISP-P courses at the 400–498 level***.
  7. Electives. Additional HISP-P courses at the 300–498 level, as needed, to fulfill remaining requirements***.
  8. GPA, Minimum Grade, and Other Requirements. Each of the following:
    1. At least 18 credit hours in the major must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
    2. At least 18 credit hours in the major must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    3. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the major.
    4. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the major—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.
    5. Exceptions to major requirements may be made with the approval of the department's Director of Undergraduate Studies, subject to final approval by the College of Arts and Sciences.

Notes

  • * A maximum of six (6) credit hours of coursework taught in English may count toward the Portuguese major.
  • ** Native speakers of Portuguese are expected to complete the major with coursework at the 300–499 level.
  • *** HISP-P 491 and HISP-P 492 cannot be used to complete major requirements.

Bachelor of Arts requirements

The Bachelor of Arts degree requires at least 120 credit hours, to include the following:

  1. College of Arts and Sciences Credit Hours. At least 100 credit hours must come from College of Arts and Sciences disciplines. No more than 42 of these credit hours can come from the major.
  2. Upper Division Courses. At least 42 credit hours (of the 120) must be at the 300–499 level.
  3. College Residency. Following completion of the 60th credit hour toward degree, at least 36 credit hours of College of Arts and Sciences coursework must be completed through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
  4. College GPA. A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.000 is required for all courses taken at Indiana University.
  5. CASE Requirements. The following College of Arts and Sciences Education (CASE) requirements must be completed:
    1. CASE Foundations
      1. English Composition: 1 course
      2. Mathematical Modeling: 1 course
    2. CASE Breadth of Inquiry
      1. Arts and Humanities: 4 courses
      2. Natural and Mathematical Sciences: 4 courses
      3. Social and Historical Studies: 4 courses
    3. CASE Culture Studies
      1. Diversity in the United States: 1 course
      2. Global Civilizations and Cultures: 1 course
    4. CASE Critical Approaches: 1 course
    5. CASE Foreign Language: Proficiency in a single foreign language through the second semester of the second year of college-level coursework
    6. CASE Intensive Writing: 1 course
    7. CASE Public Oral Communication: 1 course
  6. Major. Completion of the major as outlined in the Major Requirements section above.