B.A. Program

The Joint Major in Linguistics and Portuguese

12-16 required courses totaling a minimum of 36 credits.

Linguistics Courses:
201 Introduction to Linguistic Theory
401 Introduction to Syntax
402 Speech Sounds and Structure

Three courses chosen from the following:
LING 101 People and Their Language
LING 404 Field Methods
LING 409 Formal Foundations of Linguistics
LING 413 Sociolinguistics
LING 414 Introductory Phonetics for Linguists
LING 503 Intermediate Syntax
LING 505 Introduction to Historical Linguistics
LING 510 Introduction to Semantics

Portuguese Courses (Students should contact Luiz Amaral  [amaral@spanport.umass.edu] regarding the availability of these courses):

PORT 110, 120, 230, 240 (First and second year Portuguese or equivalent proficiency demonstrated by testing or high school work)

PORT 301 Conversational Portuguese

One of the following:
PORT 311 Advance Grammar
PORT 312 Composition

Two of the following:
320 Introduction to Portuguese Literature I
321 Introduction to Portuguese Literature II
322 Introduction to Brazilian Literature

One Portuguese or Brazilian culture course at 300 level or above
One elective course in Portuguese at the 400 level or above

Junior Year Writing requirement:
All majors must complete the Junior Year Writing requirement in either department. The departmental website lists courses that satisfy the requirement. The course need not be taken in the junior year.


Common requirements for all majors:
A grade of C or better must be earned in any course used to satisfy major requirements.


College of Humanities and Fine Arts requirement:

  • Foreign Language: All students must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language at the intermediate level.


See the Undergraduate Program Guide for more details about College requirements.


University Graduation requirements:

See the Undergraduate Program Guide for more details about University graduation requirements, including General Education requirements.