What Is It?:

Portuguese provides students with the opportunity to continue developing their language skills while studying the literature and culture of Portugal and Brazil as well as linguistics. Students majoring in Portuguese may go on to graduate study in areas such as Luso-Brazilian literature, comparative literature, Latin American studies or linguistics. They may also combine Portuguese with other areas to prepare for career opportunities in international business, government, travel or communications.

For more information, please visit the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.

Courses That Introduce the Major:

  • PORT 200—Advanced Grammar
  • PORT 201—Intensive Beginning Portuguese
  • PORT 202—Intensive Intermediate Portuguese 

Students should consult with an academic advisor regarding course selection prior to the advanced registration period.


Possible Career Opportunities:

  • Account Executive
  • Anthropologist
  • Bilingual Instructor (ESL)
  • CIA/FBI Special Agent
  • Civil Service Worker
  • Community Relations Rep.
  • Copy Editor
  • Corporate Specialist
  • Customs Official
  • Diplomat
  • Employment Interviewer
  • Foreign Correspondent
  • Foreign News Journalist
  • Foreign Services Worker
  • Foreign Travel Advisors
  • Import/Export Agent
  • Information Science/Archivist
  • Intelligence Specialist
  • International Engineering Aide
  • Museum Curator
  • Overseas Teacher for Foreign
  • Peace Corps Volunteer
  • Personnel Manager
  • Scientific Researcher/ Translator
  • Service Representative
  • Speech Pathologist
  • Technical Liaison to US firms in foreign countries
  • Textbook Author/Editor

Common Career Titles Related to this Major:

(Some careers may require education beyond an undergraduate degree)

  • Analyst
  • Archeologist
  • Historian
  • Immigration Specialist
  • Interpreter
  • Language Researcher
  • Linguist
  • Portuguese Language Teacher
  • Translator

Enhancing Your Academic Experience:

Related Skills:

  • Ability to persuade/influence
  • Clear and concise writing
  • Comprehensive command of grammar and vocabulary
  • Creating and clarifying ideas
  • Critical thinking
  • Cross-cultural communication
  • Good listening, clarifying and responding skills
  • High proficiency in reading, speaking and writing
  • Language competence for speaking, writing, reading and listening
  • Oral presentation/public speaking
  • Understanding of cultural differences
  • Working social and professional competence in Portuguese

Further Information:

For more information on what you can do with a major in Portuguese, visit The Career Center’s webpage: What Can I Do With This Major.

There are several professional organizations dedicated to Portuguese.  Their websites might be able to provide a glimpse in the world of Portuguese.  These organizations include American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese and Modern Language Association.

For more information on the classes needed for a degree in Portuguese, visit Undergraduate Programs.