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Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2015

Persian (PERS)

College of Arts and Humanities
3215 Jiménez Hall, 301-405-1891
www.persian.umd.edu
Chair: A. Karimi-Hakkak (Professor)
Professors: A. Elgibali, F. Keshavarz-Karamustafa
Associate Professors: E. Zakim
Assistant Professors: A. Abasi, V. Anishchenkova, S. Elsisi, P. Glanville
Instructors: N. Akbari-Saneh (Assistant Research Scholar)
Lecturers: L. Alkebsi, Z. El Amine, D. El-Hefnawy, A. Gazit-Rosenthal
Visiting Faculty: A. Feuer (Visiting Assistant Professor)

The Major

The Persian Studies Major (PERS), www.persian.umd.edu , www.sllc.umd.edu , is housed in the Department of Middle Eastern Studies (MEST - Arabic, Hebrew, Persian).

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; and study 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 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.

Requirements for the Major

Courses Required for Majors
Note: In cases where a student has equivalent knowledge, required language-focus credits are replaced in consultation with undergraduate advisor. This may include courses in Arabic for those students who intend to study Persian literature in Persian, as Arabic is integral to the history of Persian Literature.

Requirements for the Major
All students planning to pursue the major in Persian Studies should contact the undergraduate advisor for Persian, who will be responsible for placement, oversight, and record keeping. A grade of "C-" or better is required in all courses.

A. Prerequisites - 8 credits
Note: There are no prerequisites for students with equivalent knowledge.

PERS101

Elementary Persian I

4 credits

PERS102

Elementary Persian II

4 credits

B. CORE Sequence - 18 credits
Note: All prerequisites imply "or equivalent knowledge."

PERS201

Intermediate Persian I (prereq 102)

PERS211

Intermediate Conversation (co-req 201)

PERS202

Intermediate Persian II (prereq 201/211)

PERS212

Intermediate Reading (co-req 202)

PERS301

Advanced Persian I (pre-req 202/212)

PERS302

Advanced Persian II (prereq 301)

C. Upper Level Electives in Persian - 6 credits

PERS311

Persian Media (pre-coreq 301)

PERS312

Iranian Culture (prereq 301)

PERS401

Persian Composition (prereq 302)

PERS402

Persian Translation (prereq 302)

PERS411

Readings in Modern Iranian History and Culture (prereq 302)

PERS412

Language and Identity (prereq 302)

PERS452

Modern Persian Literature: A Survey (prereq 302)

PERS453

Classical Persian Literature: A Survey (prereq 302)

PERS498

Special Topics in Persian Studies

PERS499

Special Topics in Persian Literature

D. Electives in English - up to 12 credits; no prerequisites

PERS250

Contemporary Iranian Arts

PERS251

Modern Iran

PERS283

Iranian Cinema

PERS353

Iranian Life in Literature and Film

PERS371

Introduction to Persian Literature in Translation

PERS372

The History of Persian

PERS441

Islam in Iran

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
In addition to the required 36 credits, students must take 9 upper level credits in a single area of study outside Persian Studies as a complement to their major. Their plan should be cleared with the undergraduate advisor upon declaring a major. Double majors and minors fulfill this requirement.

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.

Study Abroad
For information on study abroad programs see the program advisor and/or the Education Abroad website www.international.umd.edu/studyabroad .

Requirements for the Minor

Persian Studies

School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
www.persian.umd.edu

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; 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.

  • A minimum of 9 credits must be earned through courses taught in Persian.
  • Up to 6 may be earned from PERS courses taught in English.
  • A minimum of 9 credits must be at the upper level.
  • All courses presented for the minor must be passed with a grade of "C-" or better.
  • An overall GPA of 2.0 in the minor is required for graduation.
  • A maximum of 6 credits may be applied to the minor from courses taken at other institutions.

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):
PERS101 Elementary Persian I (4 credits)
PERS102 Elementary Persian II (4 credits)
PERS201 Intermediate Persian I
PERS211 Intermediate Conversation

There are no prerequisites for students with equivalent knowledge.

Course requirements:
A. Courses taught in Persian (at least 9 credits); All prerequisites imply "or equivalent knowledge."

PERS202 Intermediate Persian II (prereq 201/211)
PERS301 Advanced Persian I (prereq 202/212)
PERS302 Advanced Persian II (prereq 301)
PERS452 Modern Persian Literature: A Survey (prereq 302)
PERS453 Classical Persian Literature: A Survey (prereq: 6 credits Arabic)

B. Persian Studies Courses Taught in English (up to 6 credits; no prerequisites)

PERS251 Modern Iran (SH/D)
PERS283 Iranian Cinema (HA-HO/D)
PERS353 Iranian Life in Literature and Film (D)
PERS371 Introduction to Persian Literature in Translation (D)
PERS441 Islam in Iran (D)

To make an appointment to explore or declare a minor, go to
www.arhu.umd.edu/undergraduate/academics/minors

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).

Internships

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/ .

Co-op Programs

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 (OFSA) 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 more 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.

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