Persian Studies Major
The 36 credit major in Persian Studies (12 courses, excluding prerequisites) 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
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Program Learning Outcomes
- Language Ability: Students develop and improve their language ability in speaking, listening, reading, and writing in Modern Standard Persian. Students demonstrate level-appropriate oral and written skills as assessed by Oral Proficiency Interviews (OPIs) and the University of Maryland Test of Persian Proficiency Test ©. At graduation this is defined as Intermediate High to Advanced levels of proficiency across skills.
- Cultural Literacy: Students develop and improve their ability to function in relevant cultural, religious, and linguistic contexts and demonstrate cultural awareness through identifying and articulating cultural values and practices, similarities and differences, and successfully handling situations that require intercultural negotiation of meaning.
- Analytical and Argumentative Skills: Students develop and improve their abilities to analyze various texts (including written, audio, visual) representing different genres and develop and improve their abilities in critical analysis. Students hone their critical thinking and discursive skills by demonstrating the ability to distinguish between opinions and facts and advancing their own reasoned arguments delivered in written or oral format.
- Disciplinary Knowledge: Students demonstrate curriculum-based familiarity with key figures, texts and events within the social, cultural, and historical contexts of regions of the world where Persian has a significant linguistic or cultural presence.
- Academic Skills: Students are able to produce and present source-based academic texts (oral and written) in Persian and/or English, display an awareness of various purposes and audiences, and demonstrate analytical skills as described under 3 above.
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.
|Elementary Persian I|
|Elementary Persian II|
|Core Sequence 2||18|
|Intermediate Persian I|
|Intermediate Persian II|
|Intermediate Reading in Persian|
|Advanced Persian I|
|Advanced Persian II|
|Electives in Persian|
|Select six credits of 3xx or 4xx level electives of the following:||6|
|Contemporary Iranian Culture|
|Modern Persian Literature: A Survey|
|Special Topics in Persian Studies|
|Electives in English|
|Select up to 12 credits of the following: 3||12|
|Gender and Body in Iran|
|Iranian Life in Literature and Film|
|Introduction to Persian Literature in Translation|
|Special Topics in Persian Studies|
|Select nine 3xx or 4xx level credits in a single area of study outside Persian Studies as a complement to the major 4||9|
There are no prerequisites for students with equivalent knowledge.
All prerequisites imply "or equivalent knowledge." 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.
Courses in Middle Eastern Studies taught in English outside the Department may be substituted on prior approval of the Undergraduate Advisor.
The area of study outside Persian Studies 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.
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