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Undergraduate Catalog 2015-2016

Persian Studies

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.

  • 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)

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