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Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2015


Approved Courses

The following list includes undergraduate courses that have been approved as of May 2014.  Courses added after that date do not appear in this list.  Courses eliminated after that date may still appear.  Not every course is offered regularly.  Students should consult the Schedule of Classes at www.testudo.umd.edu to ascertain which courses are actually offered during a given semester.

COURSE NUMBERING SYSTEM

Number   Eligibility
000-099   Non-credit course
100-199   Primarily freshman course
200-299   Primarily sophomore course
300-399   Junior, senior course not acceptable for credit toward graduate degrees
386-387   Campus-wide internship courses; refer to information describing Experiential Learning
400-499   Junior, senior course acceptable for credit toward some graduate degree
500-599   Professional School course (Dentistry, Architecture, Law, Medicine) or post-baccalaureate course
600-899   Course restricted to graduate students
799   Master Thesis credit
899   Doctoral Dissertation credit

 

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Courses in "PERS-Persian"

PERS - Persian

PERS 101 Elementary Persian I (4) Prerequisite: Must have appropriate Foreign Language Placement Test (FLPT) score. Restriction: Must not be native/fluent speaker of Persian. Introduction to the alphabet, pronunciation patterns, greetings, basic structures, and other fundamentals, with emphasis on oral and aural skills.

PERS 102 Elementary Persian II (4) Prerequisite: PERS101; or must have appropriate Foreign Language Placement Test (FLPT) score. Restriction: Must not be native/fluent speaker of Persian. Continuation of PERS101 with emphasis on the use of formal language, vocabulary building, and reading.

PERS 105 Intensive Elementary Persian I (6) Prerequisite: Must have appropriate Foreign Language Placement Test (FLPT) score. Restriction: Open to beginning learners of Persian only. Intensive training in spoken and written Persian at elementary level. Basic literacy skills, vocabulary, pronunciation and grammar developed through a highly interactive approach. Substantial cultural component familiarizing students with cultural themes related to Iran and the Persian speaking world. Taught in Persian.

PERS 106 Intensive Elementary Persian II (6) Prerequisite: Pre-requisite: PERS105, or equivalent, as determined by the FLPT (Foreign Language Placement Test). Intensive training in spoken and written Persian at elementary level (ACTFL Novice High to Intermediate Low). Continues building basic literacy skills, vocabulary, and grammar through highly a interactive approach. Substantial cultural component familiarizing students with cultural themes related to Iran and the Persian speaking world. Taught in Persian.

PERS 201 Intermediate Persian I (3) Prerequisite: PERS102; or Must have appropriate Foreign Language Placement Test (FLPT) score. Restriction: Must not be native/fluent speaker of Persian. Development of speaking, reading, writing, listening and cultural knowledge through wide variety of activities.

PERS 202 Intermediate Persian II (3) Prerequisite: PERS201; or Must have appropriate Foreign Language Placement Test (FLPT) score. Restriction: Must not be native/fluent speaker of Persian. Further development of speaking, writing, listening and cultural knowledge, with special focus on culture.

PERS 205 Intensive Intermediate Persian I (6) Prerequisite: PERS106; or equivalent as determined by Foreign Language Placement Test (FLPT). Development of Persian language proficiency and cultural knowledge at the intermediate level (Intermediate-Mid on ACTFL scale). Taught in Persian.

PERS 206 Intensive Intermediate Persian II (6) Prerequisite: PERS205; or equivalent, as determined by the FLPT (Foreign Language Placement Test). Designed to further develop Persian language proficiency and cultural knowledge at an intermediate level (Intermediate High on ACTFL scale). Taught in Persian.

PERS 211 Intermediate Conversation (3) Prerequisite: PERS102; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department. Recommended: Concurrent enrollment in PERS201. Development of aural and oral skills in Persian. Various genres and registers of speech. Special focus on contemporary daily life, with use of up-to-date media sources.

PERS 212 Intermediate Reading in Persian (3) Prerequisite: PERS211 and PERS201; or permission of instructor. Corequisite: PERS202; or permission of instructor. Focus on linguistic skill specific to reading; introduction to written traditions of Persian.

PERS 251 Modern Iran (3) General sociopolitical introduction to modern Iran from establishment of the Qajar dynasty in the late 18th century to the present day. Taught in English.

PERS 269 Special Topics in Study Abroad II (1-6) Repeatable to 15 credits if content differs. Special topics course taken as part of an approved study abroad program.

PERS 283 Iranian Cinema (3) Introduction to Iranian cinema, society, and culture. Taught in English.

PERS 299 Directed Study in Persian Language (1-3) Prerequisite: PERS202; or permission of ARHU-School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures department. Directed study in Persian. Taught in Persian.

PERS 301 Advanced Persian I (3) Prerequisite: PERS202; or permission of ARHU-School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures department. Restriction: Must not be native/fluent speaker of Persian. Development of speaking, reading, writing, listening and cultural knowledge through wide variety of activities, especially reading.

PERS 302 Advanced Persian II (3) Prerequisite: PERS301; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department. Restriction: Must not be native/fluent speaker of Persian. Further development of speaking, reading, writing, listening and cultural knowledge, with special focus on reading, in a variety of literary genres.

PERS 305 Intensive Advanced Persian I (6) Prerequisite: Must have completed PERS206; or equivalent as determinve by Foreign Language Placement Test (FLPT). Development of Persian language proficiency and cultural competence at an advanced level (Advanced Low on ACTFL scale). Taught in Persian.

PERS 306 Intensive Advanced Persian II (6) Prerequisite: PERS305; or equivalent as determined by FLPT (Foreign Language Placement Test). Continued development of Persian language proficiency at an Advanced Mid level on ACTFL scale through a whole language approach integrating listening, speaking, reading and writing. Taught in Persian.

PERS 311 Persian Media (3) Prerequisite: PERS301; or permission of ARHU-School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures department. Examines issues, values, institutions of the contemporary Persian and Persianete world, primarily through analysis and discussion of current events as reported in the written and audiovisual press. Focus will be on increasing content knowledge as well as linguistic competency in Persian. Taught in Persian.

PERS 312 Contemporary Iranian Culture (3) Prerequisite: PERS301; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department. Restriction: Must not be native/fluent speaker of Persian. Study of the culture of contemporary Iran (post-evolution) with focus on the contemporary social, political, literary and artistic life in Iran. Taught in Persian.

PERS 353 Iranian Life in Literature and Film (3) Treats major themes in modern literature and life of Iranians. Topics examined include Iranian identity, religious traditions, modern life, and expatriate communities. Taught in English.

PERS 369 Special Topics in Study Abroad III (1-6) Repeatable to 15 credits if content differs. Special topics course taken as part of an approved study abroad program.

PERS 371 Introduction to Persian Literature in Translation (3) Introduction to classical and modern canons of Persian literature in historical, esthetic, and social context. Taught in English.

PERS 386 Experiential Learning (3-6) Restriction: Permission of ARHU-School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures department. Pre-professional experience in research, analysis and writing in a work setting. Project proposal approved by faculty and internship sponsor.

PERS 398 Special Topics in Persian Studies (1-3) Prerequisite: PERS301; or permission of ARHU-School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures department. Special topic to be announced when course is offered. Taught in Persian.

PERS 399 Directed Study in Persian (1-3) Prerequisite: Permission of ARHU-School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures department. Restriction: Sophomore standing or higher. Repeatable to 9 credits if content differs. Directed study with faculty supervision.

PERS 401 Persian Composition (3) Prerequisite: PERS302; or permission of ARHU-School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures department. A genre approach to writing, focusing on how and why different texts are structured and written as they are. The purpose, context, and intended audience for written communication will guide the writing tasks conducted in and out of class. Students analyze and investigate a variety of purposes and audiences of particular relevance to Persian flagship students. Taught in Persian.

PERS 402 Persian Translation (3) Prerequisite: PERS302; or permission of ARHU-School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures department. Focuses on hands-on practice of English/Persian and Persian/English translation as well as the problematic issues of translation. Taught in Persian.

PERS 411 Readings in Iranian Islam (3) Prerequisite: Permission of ARHU-School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures department. In-depth study of Iranian Islam via Islamic texts. Develops competency in speaking, reading, writing, and listening comprehension at advanced level. Taught in Persian.

PERS 441 Islam in Iran (3) Advent and development of Islamic culture in Iran. Taught in English.

PERS 452 Modern Persian Literature: A Survey (3) Prerequisite: Permission of ARHU-School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures department. Surveys development of poetry and prose in the Persian-speaking world in modern times. Periods and genres. Content varies. Mastery of Persian is required.

PERS 498 Special Topics in Persian Studies (3) Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Repeatable to 9 credits if content differs. Topic and language to be announced when offered.

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