The Portuguese language is spoken all over the world by approximately 191 million people. Various estimates place it as the 6th-8th most widely spoken language in the world. It is widely spoken in Portugal, Brazil, Macau, Goa, Angola, Venezuela, and Mozambique. It is the second most-spoken Latin language in the world. In the US there are more than 500,000 Portuguese native speakers.
Portuguese is closely related to Spanish, and it is very easy for Spanish speakers to learn Portuguese. Portuguese speakers generally can understand people speaking Spanish, and sometimes Spanish speakers understand Portuguese speakers.
TTU offers four-skills instruction in the Portuguese language, Portuguese literature courses, and undergraduate and graduate minors in Portuguese.
The undergraduate minor in Portuguese consists of 18-22 hours, of which at least nine must be at the 3000 level including at least three hours at the 4000 level. PORT 1502, PORT 2301, and PORT 2302 may be counted towards the minor.
The graduate MA minor in Portuguese consists of 6-9 hours of graduate coursework approved by one's Graduate Advisor.
The graduate Ph.D. minor consists of 15 hours of graduate course work approved by one's Graduate Advisor. For the Spanish doctorate the coursework must be in the Portuguese language.
Please contact the ICC at TTU for study abroad opportunities in Portugal and Brazil.