Persian (PERS)College of Arts and Humanities
3215 Jiménez Hall, 301-405-1891
Director: F. Keshavarz-Karamustafa, Professor
Professors: A. Karimi-Hakkak
Assistant Professors: A. Abasi
Instructors: N. Akbari-Saneh (Assistant Research Scholar)
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, 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
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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Undergraduate Research Experiences
The School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures has implemented an Annual SLLC Undergraduate Research Forum which allows its outstanding Juniors and/or Seniors to display their research projects. The Forum takes place in late April in the Language House (St. Mary's).
Annual Language Career and Internship Fair
Each fall semester, SLLC organizes a Language Career and Internship Fair in conjunction with the UMD Career Center. For more information see the SLLC website www.sllc.umd.edu/ .
Language Partner Program (LPP)
The Language Partner Program is a joint venture between the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, the Office of International Services, and Education Abroad. International students and SLLC majors are assigned in pairs to meet weekly on a one-on-one basis outside the classroom to work in an informal yet structured way on the listening, speaking, and cultural acquisition skills of SLLC majors. SLLC students in good academic standing (3.0 GPA) and at the intermediate to advanced level sign up for a 1cr SLLC309 - Language Partner Program.
Student Societies and Professional Organizations
Individual SLLC departments hold annual induction ceremonies for students who are eligible for honor society membership.
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.