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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

86% employed or continuing education

66% employed after graduation

15% attending graduate school

5% volunteering

$40,553 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: CA Ventures, Carle Foundation Hospital, Anheuser-Busch InBev

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Pennsylvania State University, Tribeca Flashpoint Academy

Academic Profile Middle 50% 2

24 - 30 ACT Score

1120 - 1330 SAT Score

3.30 - 3.78 High School GPA

Annual Program Costs

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $12,036
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,180
  • Total: $31,390

Non-Resident

  • Tuition: $29,178
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,520
  • Total: $48,872

International

  • Tuition: $31,552
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,520
  • Total: $51,246
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