College of Liberal Arts & Sciences


What is Portuguese?

In this major, you will learn to speak Portuguese with professional proficiency. You'll also study the cultural and academic aspects of globalization, migration, and nation-making. Our program teaches many aspects of history, including modernity, postmodernity, colonialism, and postcolonialism. Students also consider ethnicity, race, gender, sexuality, and class. With all these lenses, you'll address topics like the economy, the environment, and society at large. Coursework will focus on Brazil. Our program offers classes on Brazilian film and Luso-Brazilian culture. Portuguese texts and advanced grammar are also included in coursework to ensure fluency.

Career Options

  • Academia
  • Agriculture
  • Diplomacy
  • Commodities trading
  • International business
  • International consulting
  • Marketing
  • Social work
  • Translation & interpretation

Post-Graduation Success1

88% employed or continuing education

60% employed after graduation

25% attending graduate school

3% volunteering

$42,419 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: U.S. Bank, World Relief Chicago, Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), Institute for the Prevention of Postharvest Loss View All

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Illinois at Chicago, John Marshall Law School View All

Review Criteria

First-Year Major-Specific Criteria

  • Demonstrated understanding of and interest in the major

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Transfer Criteria

Transfer Guide

Graduation & Retention2

4.4 years to degree

95% first-year retention rate

61% four-year graduation rate

86% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs3

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $12,712
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,222
  • Total: $35,862


  • Tuition: $31,832
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses:$18,562
  • Total: $55,322


  • Tuition: $34,280
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,562
  • Total: $57,770