Persian Studies (PERS)College of Arts and Humanities
3215 Jiménez Hall, 301-405-1891
Director: F. Keshavarz-Karamustafa, Professor
Professors: A. Karimi-Hakkak
Associate Professors: A. Abasi
Instructors: N. Akbari-Saneh (Clinical Assistant Professor)
Lecturers: S. Moinfar
Visiting Faculty: I. Meftahi (Visit Asst Prof)
The 36 credit major in Persian Studies (12 courses) will provide students with a solid background in linguistic, literary, and cultural aspects of the study of Persian. This study will be inclusive of the cultures of Iran, Afghanistan, Persian-speaking Central Asia, and the Persian diaspora. Students work toward competence in speaking, reading, writing, and listening, in addition to studying the evolution of Iranian and Persianate cultures in their diverse perspectives, practices, and products. They will become conversant with the contemporary political and daily life of Persian-speaking peoples, with cultural comparison implicit throughout their 4 years.
The B.A. in Persian Studies (PERS) prepares students for a range of professional opportunities, including careers in government, education, the arts, business, and communication. Many undergraduates will choose to double major or do a double degree in Persian and another subject, including arts and humanities majors, business, computer science, engineering, and journalism.
Placement in Courses
Please see: www.arhu.umd.edu/undergraduate/flpa
Requirements for the Major
Courses Required for Majors
Requirements for the Major
A. Prerequisites - 8 credits
B. CORE Sequence - 18 credits
C. Upper Level Electives in Persian - 6 credits
D. Electives in English - up to 12 credits; no prerequisites
Note: Courses in Middle Eastern Studies taught in English outside the Department may be substituted on prior approval of the Undergraduate Advisor.
E. Supporting Area - 9 credits
Students must earn a grade of "C-" or higher in each course applied toward a major or minor in the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. Additionally, an overall GPA of 2.0 in a major or minor is required for graduation.
Requirements for the Minor
School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
This 15-credit minor will provide students with a background in linguistic, literary, and cultural aspects of the study of Persian, including the cultures of Iran, Afghanistan, Persian-speaking Central Asia, and the Persian diaspora. Students will work toward linguistic competence in speaking, reading, writing, and listening. Additionally, students will be introduced to Iranian culture in its diverse perspectives, practices, and products. The Minor in Persian Studies complements a range of professions, including careers in education, engineering, government, journalism, the arts, business, and communication.
No courses applied to the minor may count toward another minor. All students planning to pursue the Minor in Persian Studies should contact the undergraduate advisor for Persian, who will be responsible for oversight and record keeping.
Prerequisites (14 credits):
There are no prerequisites for students with equivalent knowledge.
PERS202 Intermediate Persian II (prereq 201/211)
B. Persian Studies Courses Taught in English (up to 6 credits; no prerequisites)
PERS251 Modern Iran (SH/D)
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Scholarships and Financial Assistance
The Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) administers all types of federal, state, and institutional financial assistance programs, and, in cooperation with other university offices, participates in the awarding of scholarships to deserving students. For information, visit: www.financialaid.umd.edu .
Awards and Recognition
The UG Committee organizes an annual awards ceremony to celebrate SLLC students who have earned SLLC, campus and/or national scholarships, and academic achievement awards. The awards ceremony takes place in conjunction with the annual SLLC UG Research Forum.