Portuguese & Luso-Brazilian Studies

Have you always been interested in learning Portuguese? Did you know that Portuguese is the language of several countries and that it is spoken worldwide in all corners of the globe? Spoken daily by over 250 million people, Portuguese is a rich language shared by Lusophone (Portuguese-speaking) countries that represent an array of diverse cultures, traditions and modes of being. A degree in Portuguese & Luso-Brazilian Studies within the Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics will provide you a way of understanding not just the Portuguese language, but also its cultures, historical, political and social landscapes. The program’s approach to teaching and learning are innovative, student centered, and offer cultural, immersion and experiential education opportunities. In addition, the program’s interdisciplinary component enables students to explore other areas of research, such as music or sociology, thus allowing students a deeper appreciation of the diversity of the entire Lusophone world.

Career Options in Portuguese & Luso-Brazilian Studies

Below is a sample list of some future choices to explore following studies in Portuguese & Luso-Brazilian Studies. This list is not exhaustive but it provides a solid idea of what fellow graduates have gone on to do and what potential careers a Portuguese & Luso-Brazilian Studies degree can offer. Some options are more directly associated with specific areas of Portuguese & Luso-Brazilian Studies than others.

This list is not exhaustive but provides an idea of the options graduates have and what they have gone on to do. Some options are more directly associated with a Portuguese & Luso-Brazilian degree than others.

  • Ambassador
  • Archivist
  • Author
  • Blogger
  • Community Center Director
  • Portuguese Community Developer
  • Corporate Recruiter/Trainer
  • Diplomat
  • Educator
  • Entrepreneur
  • Event Planner
  • Foreign Service Worker
  • Health Policy Advisor
  • Historian
  • Historical Site Coordinator
  • Human Resources Consultant
  • Human Rights Advocate
  • Immigration Officer
  • International Development Worker
  • International Lawyer
  • Interpreter
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer
  • Legal Aide
  • Lobbyist
  • Marketing Specialist
  • Media Correspondent
  • Museum Curator
  • Non-Profit Organization Director
  • Philanthropist
  • Physician/Health practitioner
  • Political Consultant
  • Public Policy Advisor
  • Public Relations Representative
  • Publisher
  • Researcher
  • Social Researcher
  • Social Service Worker
  • Speech Writer
  • Teacher
  • Translator
  • UN Representative

Note: It is important to remember that some of these career choices may require additional education or preparation in the form of graduate studies, experiential education or professional formative courses and exams. For a more in-depth description of some of the careers mentioned above please consult the Career Cruising website, available to York University students using their Passport York account. You can also visit the National Occupational Classification website.