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Luso-Brazilian Literatures MA

What is Luso-Brazilian Literatures?

Literatures is designed not only to enhance a student’s reading, writing, speaking, researching, and listening skills, but to push the mental, psychological, and social boundaries in light of Luso-Brazilian world. From the realism of Machado de Assis to the modernism of Fernando Pessoa, Literatures expands the knowledge and the imagination through the exploration of novels, poetry, texts, theater, and cinema written by Portuguese authors.

Prerequisite Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Portuguese or other subject. If in another subject, you must have Portuguese courses equal to our Portuguese minor. Additional information may be obtained from the Literatures section head or from the graduate coordinator.
  • Proficiency in a second foreign language; through 205 course level for Spanish (Intermediate High), through 201 level for other modern languages (Intermediate Mid-level). If not completed during undergraduate studies, this requirement may be fulfilled by challenge exam, or concurrently with MA program coursework no later than the third semester of study.
  • For teaching eligibility, complete a teaching methods class (PORT 377 or equivalent). If not completed during undergraduate studies, this requirement may be fulfilled concurrently with MA program coursework in the first semester of study.
  • Strong academic writing skills and a capacity to conduct independent research.
  • Strong language skills in Portuguese.
  • GRE required

Graduation Requirements

  • Complete the required 27 hours of coursework and 6 project or thesis hours, totaling 33 credit hours.
  • Students must teach at least one semester during their program of study.
  • Complete a specialty exam which covers readings and coursework.
  • Completion of a project or thesis.

Scholarships and Student Instructorships

  • The Department of Spanish and Portuguese typically provides scholarships for 50-80% of LDS tuition for required classes.
  • Paid student instructorships are available.

For More Information, Contact:

Merrie Kay Ames, Graduate Program Manager – merrie_kay@byu.edu – 801-422-2196

Brian Price, Graduate Coordinator – brian_price@byu.edu

Erik Larson, Literature Section Head – erik_larson@byu.edu