Persian Studies Minor

School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Program Director: Ali Abasi, Ph.D.

This 15-credit minor (5 courses, excluding prerequisites) 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, which include careers in education, engineering, government, journalism, the arts, business, and communication.

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  • 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 3xx or 4xx 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.


Course Title Credits
Elementary Persian I
Elementary Persian II
Intermediate Persian I
Intermediate Conversation

There are no prerequisites for students with equivalent knowledge. 

Course Title Credits
Courses Taught in Persian
Select at least nine credits: 19
Intermediate Persian II
Advanced Persian I
Advanced Persian II
Persian Media
Contemporary Iranian Culture
Persian Translation
Special Topics in Persian Studies
Persian Studies Courses Taught in English
Select up to 6 credits of the following: 26
Modern Iran
Gender and Body in Iran
Iranian Cinema
Iranian Life in Literature and Film
Introduction to Persian Literature in Translation
Special Topics in Persian Studies
Total Credits15

All prerequisites imply "or equivalent knowledge."


No prerequisites

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.