Portuguese and Modern Foreign Languages higher education courses began in Tubarão (SC) with the establishment of the Language and Literature Course of Southern Santa Catarina (FESSC) Educational Foundation in 1971. With the set up of the University of Southern Santa Catarina (UNISUL) in 1989, in the mid-1990s a stricto sensu course in Linguistics and Literature was set up that culminated in the formalization of a project prepared by the course’s congregation in 1998.
The result of this effort was the approval of the “Master’s Degree Course in Language Sciences” on December 2, 1998 through Resolution 28/98 of the University Management Chamber. The Santa Catarina State Council of Education (CEE-SC), to which the University’s graduate program was connected to at that time, ratified the Course administration on July 13, 1999 through Resolution 176/99.
On July 15, 1999, the first class began its course at the Tubarão campus; two majors were offered: “Theory and Analysis of Languages” and “Applied Linguistics in Education”. In 2001, the M.A. Course in Language Sciences was expanded to the Greater Florianópolis Campus in Palhoça (SC), offering a third major in Social Communication called “Language and Information Technology” (Opinion CEDS No. 114, dated November 7, 2000).
In 2002, the M.A. Course in Language Sciences was assessed by the Verification Committee of the Santa Catarina State Council of Education (CEE-SC) composed by Professors Osmar de Souza (FURB/UNIVALI) and Loni Grimm-Cabral (UFSC). The Course was certified in a plenary session of the State Council of Education on July 9, 2002 (Decree 5458, dated July 29, 2002, published in the Official Gazette of the State of Santa Catarina on July 30, 2002).
In the same year, in compliance with the institutional decision, the Master’s Course in Language Sciences was attached to the National Post-Graduate System (SNPG/CAPES). As a result of this process, a single major was offered, “Language, Media and Discourse Processes”, and three research lines, “Semantic Discourse Analysis”, “Texts and Discourse Practices” and “Language, Culture and Media”.
The project was evaluated in loco by a CAPES Assessment Committee formed by Professors Sírio Possenti (UNICAMP) and Dermeval da Hora Oliveira (UFPB) in February 2003. It was then approved by the Letters/Linguistics Committee in January 2004, by the CAPES Technical Advisory Council on February 10, 2004 and by the Higher Education Chamber of the National Education Council on November 10, 2004 (Opinion No. 314/2004). The Master’s Degree Course in Language Sciences has been certified by Ordinance 4,310, dated December 21, 2004 (published in the Federal Official Gazette on December 23, 2004, section 1, p. 33). During this process, the Course issued a selection notice for the first classes of the CAPES Curriculum in March 2004 and classes started on July 5 of the same year.
In 2007, the Board developed a project for a Doctoral Course in Language Sciences. In this project, the major was renamed “Textual, Discourse and Cultural Processes”, with three lines of research: “Texts and Discourse Practices”, ” Semantic Processes Discourse Analysis” and “Language and Cultural Processes” (readjusted in 2010 into two lines of research: “Text and Discourse” and “Language and Culture”). The project was submitted to CAPES in March 2008, and the approval of the Programa de Pós-Graduação em Ciências da Linguagem (PPGCL, Postgraduate Program in Language Sciences) (Master’s and Doctoral degrees) was approved at a meeting of UNISUL Management Chamber on April 9, 2008.
On December 2, 2008, the Program was assessed in loco by a CAPES Verification Committee formed by professors Diana Luz Pessoa de Barros (UPM) and Célia Marques Telles (UFBA). The PPGCL was approved at the 106th Meeting of the Technical Advisory Board of CAPES on December 10, 2008. The Higher Education Chamber of the National Council of Education ratified the approval (Opinion No. 122/2009), and the Doctoral Course in Language Sciences was certified by Ordinance No. 589, dated June 18, 2009. In the first semester of 2009, the first selection process was carried out, and classes began on July 6 in Palhoça (SC) and on July 16 in Tubarão (SC).
The PPGCL had already been evaluated in May2008 by an assessment Committee of the State Education Council of Santa Catarina, formed by Professors Rosângela Hammes Rodrigues (UFSC) and Ana Cláudia de Souza (UFSC). Based on the visit report and on the State Council of Education’s Opinion 265, dated August 26, 2008, the certification of the Master’s Degree Course at the State level was extended for five years (Decree No. 1.729, dated October 7, 2008). As of 2013, the State Council began validating CAPES assessments.
The PPGCL has a specific relevance between the stricto sensu courses of the Southern mesoregion of Santa Catarina and the metropolitan mesoregion of Florianópolis. Its Master’s Degree Course was the first stricto sensu course at the University of Southern Santa Catarina (UNISUL) to be aligned with the Sistema Nacional de Pós-Graduação (SNPG, National Postgraduate System) in 2003; its Doctoral Course was the institution’s first course to be approved by CAPES in 2008; and, in 2017, the first University Program to receive grade “5”.
Given its pioneering spirit, the PPGCL has been exerting a strong impact on the qualification of postgraduates in higher and technological education institutions, especially in its surroundings. As of December 31, 2020, the PPGCL had granted 378 masters’ degrees and 89 doctors’ degrees (51 masters’ and 42 doctors’ degree in the 2017-2020 quadrennium) and certified 8 post-doctoral internships (among which 5 in the 2017-2020 quadrennium).
In addition, the Program is a strong reference in textual, discourse and cultural studies, with recognized national leadership in promoting events in the field of linguistics and literature, among which outstands the Seminário em Discurso, Cultura e Mídia (SEDISC, Seminar on Discourse, Culture and Media), the result of partnerships interinstitutional with the PPGL of UFRGS and the Unicamp IEL; a qualified portfolio of scientific publications, including the journals “Language in (Dis)course” (A1), “Cultural Critique” (B1) and “Memorare” (B2); and solid commitment with the University of Southern Santa Catarina community vocation.