B.A. in Persian Studies

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DESCRIPTION

The B.A. in Persian Studies (36 credits) provides students with a solid background in linguistic, literary, and cultural aspects of the study of Persian. This includes 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, they become conversant in the contemporary political and daily life of Persian-speaking nations.

The B.A. in Persian Studies prepares students for a range of professional opportunities, including careers in government, education, the arts, business, and communication.

REQUIREMENTS (See TESTUDO for the current list of PERS course offerings)

All students new to SLLC must take the online FLPT before registering for classes.

Note: Foreign language placement assessment (FLPT) is designed to ensure that you are registered for the correct foreign language course. Even students with little to no background in the language must take the assessment.

Prerequisite Courses for The Persian Studies Major

(See TESTUDO for the current list of PERS course offerings)

Course #

Course Name

Credits

Prerequisites

PERS 101

Elementary Persian I

4

None

PERS 102

Elementary Persian II

4

PERS 102

Note: Students with prior experience in Persian make satisfy these prerequisites with an appropriate Foreign Language Placement Test (FLPT) score.

Language Acquisition Courses (18 Credits)

(See TESTUDO for the current list of PERS course offerings)

Course #

Course Name

Credits

Prerequisites

PERS 201

Intermediate Persian I

3

PERS 102

PERS 202

Intermediate Persian II

3

PERS 201

PERS 211

Intermediate Conversation

3

Prerequisite: PERS 102. Recommended: Concurrent enrollment in PERS 201

PERS 212

Intermediate Reading in Persian

3

Prerequisite: PERS 211 and PERS 201; or permission of instructor. Corequisite: PERS 202

PERS 301

Advanced Persian I

3

PERS 202

PERS 302

Advanced Persian II

3

PERS 301

 

Electives in Persian (6 credits of upper-level courses)

(See TESTUDO for the current list of PERS course offerings)

Course #

Course Name

Credits

Prerequisites

PERS 311

Persian Media

3

PERS 301

PERS 312

Contemporary Iranian Culture

3

PERS 301

PERS 401

Persian Composition

3

PERS 301

PERS 402

Persian Translation

3

PERS 301

PERS 411

Readings in Iranian Islam

3

PERS 301

PERS 452

Modern Persian Literature: A Survey

3

Permission of Advisor

PERS 498

Special Topics in Persian Studies

3

Permission of Advisor

Note:

  • Students placing out of courses required for the BA or minor may replace these courses in consultation with the program advisor according to their proficiency level.
  • Students must take language acquisition courses sequentially, i.e., 103, 203, 204, 250, etc. Once credit has been received in a higher-level language acquisition, a lower-level course may not be taken for credit.
  • While many courses are not open to fluent/native speakers, others may be.  Please contact the program advisor to discuss your choices before registering.

Electives in English (Maximum of 12 credits)

(See TESTUDO for the current list of PERS course offerings)

Course #

Course Name

Credits

Prerequisites

PERS 251

Modern Iran

3

None

PERS 283

Iranian Cinema

3

None

PERS 353

Iranian Life in Literature and Film

3

None

PERS 371

Introduction to Persian Literature in Translation

3

None

PERS 441

Islam in Iran

3

None

Note: Courses in Middle Eastern Studies taught in English outside the department may be substituted with the approval of the undergraduate advisor.

BEYOND THE CLASSROOM: IMMERSION PROGRAMS & OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

SLLC offers several opportunities to develop linguistic and cultural skills beyond the classroom:  

DECLARING A PERSIAN STUDIES MAJOR

We recommend that interested students declare their major as early as possible

Step 1

Carefully read PERS major Requirements

Step 3

Read through all forms carefully, and pencil in a sequence of courses to discuss with the program advisor, Dr. Ali R. Abasi (aabasi@umd.edu).

Step 5

Contact the Office of Student Affairs at the College of Arts and Humanities (301-405-2108) to make an appointment to discuss the non-Arabic aspects of your 4-Year plan (bring signed form from previous step), including CORE courses. Walk-in hours are also available.

Step 6

If you are adding Persian Studies as an additional major, check with your home department and college to identify paperwork you may need to complete.

ADVISOR CONTACT INFORMATION

Advisor: Dr. Ali R. Abasi
Office: 1220A Jiménez Hall
Email: aabasi@umd.edu


Phone: 301-405-3315

For more information about advising, please visit the advising section of our website.