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Roshan Institute for Persian Studies

Roshan Institute for Persian Studies is the home of Persian Studies at the University of Maryland.

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About Roshan Institute for Persian Studies

Roshan Institute for Persian Studies has played a leading role in the effort to promote the study, teaching, and exploration of all subjects related to Persian culture and history both at the University of Maryland and in the vibrant communities of Persian speakers in the D.C. metro area.



Community Engagement

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Community Engagement



In addition to hosting regular events and other programs, Roshan Institute hosts the Roshan Initiative in Persian Digital Humanities, as well as Roshangar, an undergraduate Persian studies journal.

Academic Programs

Persian Studies Academic Programs

Students can pursue a B.A. in Persian Studies or a Minor in Persian Studies. Students wishing to achieve advanced proficiency in Persian should also consider the Flagship Scholar Certificate through the University's Persian Language Flagship program. This certificate can be combined with many other majors. There are also opportunities for graduate students in Persian studies.


Roshan Institute and Persian Studies People

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Welcome to Roshan Institute for Persian Studies

Roshan Institute for Persian Studies at the University of Maryland aspires to be the premier center for the learning, understanding, and appreciation of Persian culture in the United States. Toward this end, Roshan Institute seeks to provide outstanding course offerings and programs in Persian language, literature, history, and culture; to foster communication and community ties among people of Persian heritage and those interested in Persian studies; and to serve as a model for encouraging intercultural communication among peoples of varying backgrounds.

Chair and Director

Fatemeh Keshavarz

1220C Jiménez Hall
College Park MD, 20742

(301) 405-2735

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