Spanish and Portuguese / Undergraduate Study

Portuguese BA

Learning Outcomes

The Portuguese major has the following learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrated oral, aural, and written mastery of the Portuguese language
  • Demonstrated specific skills and expertise, including research, analysis, and writing
  • Conception and execution of research projects that identify and engage with a specialized topic
  • Identification and analysis of appropriate primary sources
  • Working knowledge of scholarly discourse relative to a specialized topic
  • Engagement with peers through presentation, discussion, and critique of student work

Preparation for the Major

Required: Portuguese 25 or 26 or 27 (27 recommended), and 46, or equivalent.

Transfer Students

Transfer applicants to the Portuguese major with 90 or more units must complete the following introductory courses prior to admission to UCLA: one year of Portuguese, one nature of language course, one Portuguese civilization course or one Brazilian civilization course, and one Brazilian culture course.

Refer to the UCLA transfer admission guide for up-to-date information regarding transfer selection for admission.

The Major

Required: Ten upper-division courses (45 units minimum), including Portuguese 100A or 100B, 130A, 130B, and seven elective courses selected from 100A through 199. Two courses from outside the department that focus on Brazil, Portugal, or Lusophone Africa may be applied toward the major with approval of the undergraduate adviser. A minimum of eight of the 10 courses must be taught in Portuguese.

Double Majors

Through judicious use of electives, students may find it possible to secure the BA degree with two complete majors (e.g., Portuguese/Spanish, Portuguese/History, Portuguese/Sociology, etc.). Interested students should consult with the undergraduate adviser in Portuguese as early as possible in their BA program.

Study in a Portuguese-Speaking Country

Students are encouraged to spend up to one year in a Portuguese-speaking country to study in a university or conduct research. Appropriate credit may be granted in accordance with the individual program, arranged in consultation with the undergraduate faculty adviser in Portuguese. Proposals must be submitted in advance in writing and must be approved by the department.