MAJOR: PORTUGUESE
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Please be advised that the Department of Spanish and Portuguese is no longer offering this major. View the Iberian and Latin American Languages and Cultures major for information on the new major and curriculum.

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese is committed to fomenting a deep and complex understanding of the heterogenous cultures we research and teach, from their earliest inceptions on the Iberian Peninsula and in the Americas, to their most current linguistic and cultural manifestations in Europe, Africa, and the Americas. The value of this knowledge cannot be underestimated, particularly in light of phenomena ranging from the economic boom in Brazil, to the profound political and social changes in Ecuador, Bolivia, Chile, Spain, Guatemala, the Caribbean, and Mexico, to the rapidly growing percentage of U.S. citizens of Portuguese or Hispanic heritage in the United States, and especially in Texas.

Declare This Major

Undergraduates currently enrolled at UT who wish to declare an Iberian and Latin American Languages and Cultures major must first meet with a meet with a Spanish and Portuguese advisor. There is no formal application process. For more information, visit the student affairs page on how to declare a major.

Prospective University of Texas at Austin students should visit to learn about the application process and how to declare a major.

Required Courses

Visit Degree Plans to view all courses required for the Iberian and Latin American Languages and Cultures majors in the College of Liberal Arts.

Specializations

Iberian and Latin American Languages and Cultures majors have the opportunity to study Portuguese language, literature and culture, or to study both Spanish and Portuguese.

Portuguese Course Equivalents for Fall 2014 Course Schedule:

  • POR 320E replaces POR 325E
  • POR 321 remains the same
  • POR 327C replaces POR 326K, POR362
  • POR 328C replaces POR341
  • POR 344 replaces POR328
  • POR 344.1 replaces POR 329
  • POR 350F replaces POR 35K
  • POR 375 replaces POR327K, POR327L, POR327M

Spanish Course Equivalents for Fall 2014 Course Schedule:

  • SPN 130D remains the same
  • SPN320C replaces SPN349
  • SPN327C replaces SPN327G
  • SPN327W remains the same
  • SPN328C replaces SPN322K, SPN328
  • SPN330L replaces SPN345L
  • SPN351 remains the same
  • SPN355, SPN356 replaces SPN325K, SPN325L, SPN364, SPN365, SPN375
  • SPN357 replaces SPN326K, SPN326L, SPN362, SPN366K, SPN372, SPN373, SPN374K, SPN376, Topics 1 & 2
  • SPN359 replaces SPN354
  • SPN367K remains the same
  • SPN637T replaces Topic 1
  • SPN367 P.1 replaces Topic 7
  • SPN367 Pt. 2 replaces SPN350-10
  • SPN346 remains the same
  • SPN353 remains the same
  • SPN364L remains the same

Personality

Iberian and Latin American Languages and Cultures majors have a passion for the Portuguese language, Latin American and Iberian regions, their related diaspora, and their Indigenous, African, and Afro-descendant cultures. They are language learners who seek to develop their skills beyond the fourth-semester proficiency foreign language requirement. These students desire a meaningful and thorough immersion in Portuguese grammar and writing, literature and culture. Many engage in a study abroad experience, especially the faculty-led programs.

Skills

The mission of this major is to educate and train students to develop new knowledge about the languages, literatures and cultures of the Latin American and Iberian regions, their related diaspora, and their Indigenous, African, and Afro-descendant cultures. Our students will acquire the competence to engage in critical discussions of major trends in their field of study, and to apply this knowledge in meaningful endeavors.