Department of Modern Languages

The University of Mississippi


Portuguese Faculty  |  PORTUGUESE COURSES

The University of Mississippi offers an undergraduate minor in Portuguese. The Portuguese program at the University of Mississippi concentrates on the language and culture of Brazil. Students may take a total of 18 undergraduate hours in Portuguese. Student enrollment in elementary, intermediate and advanced courses is approximately 50. The minor in Portuguese requires the completion of 15 hours of Portuguese, beyond the 100 level. A maximum of 9 credits for the minor may be taken through an approved study abroad program. For more information on Portuguese contact Dr. Julia Bussade at (662) 915-7709, or send e-mail to


  • With more than 200 million speakers in four continents, Portuguese will offer you instant communication with Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, East Timor, Goa, Guiné Bissau, Macau, Mozambique, Portugal and São Tomé e Príncipe.
  • Portuguese is the 6th-most widely spoken language in the world, well ahead of German (10th), French (11th), and Italian (15th).
  • Brazil is the 5th-largest country in the world (in size and population), with the 6th-largest economy. The state of São Paulo has the largest industrial zone in Latin America. With more than 191 million people, Brazil has a mass consumer market. The U.S. is one of Brazil’s largest trading partners.
  • With globalization, more and more businesses work closely with companies in foreign countries. No matter what career you choose, if you’ve become fluent in another language, you’ll have a real advantage.
  • Because Brazil is rich in natural resources with the fastest growing economy in South America, it is to be expected that opportunities in the next several decades will be significant. Speaking, reading and writing Brazilian Portuguese will be a valuable asset.


In 1992, the University of Mississippi joined an elite group of universities when it was granted a local chapter (the first in the state) of Phi Lambda Beta, the national Portuguese Honor Society. Outstanding students at third-year level are invited to join.

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Julia Bussade, Director of Spanish/Portuguese, Bondurant E-207, (662) 915-7709,


Financial assistance is available in the form of scholarships and assistantships. For more information, please contact the Department of Modern Languages.