Various photos of Brazilian landscapes

Welcome to the Portuguese and Brazilian Studies Program!

An increasing number of students seek to learn Portuguese and pursue Brazilian Studies who are interested in traveling and working in Brazil and Latin America. This is due in part to the fact that today’s student population are more in contact with the growing Portuguese-speaking communities in the United States and are therefore more exposed to and curious about Brazil, and also Portugal and other areas of the Portuguese-Speaking World. In addition, there is a second generation of Brazilian- and Portuguese-Americans who wants to learn their heritage language, besides other students who are becoming aware of Brazil’s new presence globally and Portugal’s history and off the beaten track touristic attractions.    

One of the BRICS counties and rising mostly due to its strengthening of important international alliances in recent decades, Brazil is the 7th largest economy in the world, the second largest economy and consumer market in the Americas. Brazil is an alternative economy pulsing with new energy and concrete job potential—social entrepreneurship is one of the key sectors, but there is banking, the financial market, the oil industry, and more. Half of all US businesses in Latin America are located in Brazil and there are a growing number of businesses in the Southeast of the United States with interests there.

In the 21st-century, moreover, the importance of the strategic areas of the Portuguese-speaking world is another geo-socio-political reason that makes Portuguese a useful asset-language: Portuguese is spoken in eight countries across Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. It is the 3rd most widely spoken Western language after Spanish and English and the 6th worldwide, after Mandarin, Spanish, English, Hindi, and Arabic.

The Portuguese Program strives to reflect the breadth and wealth of the Portuguese-Speaking World’s in its language, culture, and literature classes. Ultimately, we contribute to the UNCW faculty’s desire to empower our students with the ability to creatively and resourcefully deal with the complexity and challenges of the contemporary world.

Minor in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies

 


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