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PORTUGUESE - This program is suspended for the 2010-2011 academic year.

College of Arts and Letters


The Portuguese program emphasizes language, literature, and culture and prepares students who are interested in pursuing teaching opportunities in secondary schools and bilingual programs, advanced studies in the language, or work in areas related to the Portuguese-American community in California.

Portuguese is a major foreign language. After Spanish, it is the second most spoken Romance language, with 190 million people in ten nations spread across three continents. Portuguese is the official language in Brazil, Mozambique, Angola, and Portugal. Brazil is half of the South American continent with a population of over 150 million and vast natural resources. Portuguese-speaking Africa is also important for its natural resources, especially Angola with its oil deposits. Approximately one million Californians are of Portuguese ancestry.

Requirements - Minor

A minor in Portuguese requires 18 units, 9 of which must be in upper division courses. Consult an advisor in Portuguese.

Contact Information

Bernice Bass de Martinez, Department Chair
Amanda Haddan, Administrative Support Coordinator
Mariposa Hall 2051
(916) 278-6333