Portuguese Course Offerings

Contact Information


Christopher Lewis

Assistant Professor
Section Representative
Portuguese & Brazilian Studies 


Lisa Hutton

Academic Advisor
Languages & Literature


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Please see the University Class Schedule for current offerings.


Credit for Fluent Portuguese Speakers

Students who are fluent in Portuguese and have never taken a lower-level Portuguese language course (PTGSE 1010 - 2020) may purchase 16 lower-division credit hours at a reduced rate of $40 per credit. Eligibility for these credits is most typically determined by passing PTGSE 3060 with a B- or better. Alternatively, one may take the FLATS test, proctored at the University of Utah testing center, for an additional fee. Complete information about purchasing credit is available here.


PTGSE 1010 | Beginning Portuguese I

Develops listening and reading strategies with an emphasis on oral and written forms of communication.

PTGSE 1020 | Beginning Portuguese II

Continues to develop listening and reading strategies with an emphasis on oral and written forms of communication.

PTGSE 2010 |  Intermediate Portuguese I

Continued emphasis on listening and speaking skills with an increased emphasis on reading and writing skills.

PTGSE 2015 |  Portuguese for Spanish Speakers

Develops listening and reading strategies with an emphasis on oral and written forms of communication. Accelerated for Spanish Speakers.

PTGSE 2020  | Intermediate Portuguese II

Continued emphasis on listening and speaking skills with an increased emphasis on reading and writing skills.

PTGSE 3050  | Topics in Literature and Culture

The theme for Spring Semester 2016 will be "Cannibal Corpus: The Body in Brazil Since 1928." This course will focus on the human body as a metaphor for individual and national identity with examples from art, graphic novels, and literature. Conducted in Portuguese.

Important Note: This is a rotating topics course and is repeatable for credit. Students who have taken PTGSE 3050 with Prof. Lewis may retake it from Prof. Seawright or vice versa. In either case, it counts towards the minor requirements as a completely different course that can be used for credit in either phase I or II of the minor.

PTGSE 3060 | Third-Year Grammar

Intensive work on speaking, reading, writing, and grammar skills for students at the intermediate high level, preparing them for the transition from language learning to studies in literature and culture. Organized in thematic units, with music, videos, readings, and specific vocabulary emphasizing questions of popular culture. Conducted in Portuguese. First course for students who learned the language through residence in a Portuguese-speaking country such as Portugal or Brazil.

PTGSE 3580 | Contemporary Issues

The theme for Fall Semester 2015 will be Brazilian popular music’s role as an important forum for political expression and resistance — a lens for history, culture, and national identity during the twenty-one years of the military regime. Repeatable for credit. Conducted in Portuguese. 

PTGSE 4510 | Business Portuguese

A course devoted to learning basic terminology and vocabulary related to commerce in the Portuguese-speaking world.

PTGSE 4560 | Brazilian Civilization and Culture

This course examines the role of the complexity, variety, and unique cultural and historical experiences that characterize Brazil, such as the legacies of indigenous people and empire, authoritarianism and democratization, migration and urbanization, racial and ethnic identity, women's roles, and religion. Conducted in Portuguese.

PTGSE 4620 | Introduction to Portuguese and Lusophone Literature

Readings in Portuguese and Lusophone Literature from the medieval period to the present, covering varied genres in their respective cultural, historical, and aesthetic contexts. Conducted in Portuguese.

PTGSE 4630 | Introduction to Brazilian Literature

Readings in Brazilian Literature from the colonial period to the present, covering varied genres in their respective cultural, historical, and aesthetic contexts. Conducted in Portuguese.

PTGSE 4710 | Luso-Brazilian Cinema

Exploration of the Portuguese-speaking world through films paired with reviews, critical essays, and literature — emphasizing the process of the Luso-Brazilian artist in dialogue with the ever- changing concepts of national and Lusophone identity.

PTGSE 4880 | Directed Reading

Readings selected by the student and a designated professor to broaden the student's background in an area where no course is taught.

PTGSE 4999 | Honors Thesis / Project

Restricted to students in the Honors Program working on their Honors degree.


Graduate Courses

PTGSE 6050 | Topics in Literature and Culture

The theme for Spring Semester 2016 will be "Cannibal Corpus: The Body in Brazil Since 1928." This course will focus on the human body as a metaphor for individual and national identity with examples from art, graphic novels, and literature. Conducted in Portuguese.

Important Note: This is a rotating topics course and is repeatable for credit. Students who have taken PTGSE 6050 with Prof. Lewis may retake it from Prof. Seawright or vice versa.

PTGSE 6580 | Contemporary Issues

The theme for Fall Semester 2015 will be Brazilian popular music’s role as an important forum for political expression and resistance — a lens for history, culture, and national identity during the twenty-one years of the military regime. Repeatable for credit. Conducted in Portuguese.  

PTGSE 6630 | Introduction to Brazilian Literature

Readings in Brazilian Literature from the colonial period to the present, covering varied genres in their respective cultural, historical, and aesthetic contexts. Conducted in Portuguese. 

PTGSE 6710 | Luso-Brazilian Cinema

Exploration of the Portuguese-speaking world through films paired with reviews, critical essays, and literature — emphasizing the process of the Luso-Brazilian artist in dialogue with the ever-changing concepts of national and Lusophone identity.

PTGSE 6880 | Directed Reading

Directed readings designed for advanced graduate students to pursue interests with a given professor that go beyond the boundaries of previous classroom work or available class offerings. Students will create a reading list and syllabus of assignments and meetings in conjunction with the professor.

PTGSE 7300 | Graduate Language Study