The Brazilian Studies certificate enables students to create a plan of study focusing on strategic, current Brazilian sociocultural factors and developments that will equip students to compete more successfully in the global job market.

Brazil ranks among the USA’s top ten global trading partners, alongside Canada and Mexico in importance. The birthplace of samba and bossa nova, and the world’s leading producer of sugar, coffee, orange juice, soy, and beef, Brazil is an endlessly fascinating country, which lays convincing claim to being the most diverse country in the world in terms of ethnicities.

UCF’s Brazilian Studies certificate equips students to understand and engage with Brazil’s peoples and cultures—their complex past and rapidly evolving present. Among the transferable skills students acquire in this certificate are competence and confidence in the Portuguese language, as well as professional, persuasive, analytical writing skills.


Admission Requirements

Students must complete the elementary-level Portuguese language sequence, or equivalent, in order to be admitted to the certificate. Native and heritage speakers of Portuguese will substitute two 3000-level Portuguese courses for POR 2200 and POR 2201.

Certificate Requirements

  • For degree-seeking students, certificates will be awarded only at time of degree completion.
  • No more than six (6) credit hours may overlap between the certificate and the LAS major or minor.

Prerequisite Courses

  • None
  • Independent Study and substitute courses/ new courses are allowed at the director’s discretion.

Program Requirements

The Brazilian Studies Certificate requires 15 credit hours. A “C” (2.00 on a 4.00 scale) or better is required in all upper-division (3000- or 4000-level) coursework. At least 9 of the 15 required credit hours must be upperdivision (3000- or 4000-level) course work.

Required Courses

 6 credit hours:
POR 2201 Intermediate Portuguese I (3)
POR 2202 Intermediate Portuguese II (3)

Elective Courses

 9 credit hours:
LAS 3320 Brazilian Culture (3)
POR 3440 Business Portuguese (3)
POR 3450 Luso-Afro-Brazilian Triangle (3)
GEA 3455 Geography of Brazil (3)
MUL 2721 Survey of Latin American Music (3)

*Other relevant elective courses may be used with approval from the faculty coordinator and academic advisor in CAH. Such courses include, for example:
LAS 3002 Topics in Latin American Studies (3)
LAS 4910 Latin American Studies Capstone (3)