• Total units 24 Units
  • Minor code PERS-MIN
  • Academic career Undergraduate

Persian Language (Farsi) is the mother tongue of more than 150 million people in the Middle East and Central Asia, spoken today primarily in Iran, Afghanistan and Tajikistan, with speakers in a number of other countries in the region. Persian was widely understood from the Mediterranean to India, and has a rich historical and cultural legacy, and includes the work of Ferdousi, Khayyam, Saadi, Rumi and Hafiz.  Persian literature influenced the works of European writers such as Victor Hugo, Voltaire, Lamartine, Maeterlinck, Goethe and F. Scott Fitzgerald, as well as  many Arabic, Turkish and Urdu writings, and many Persian words are retained in those language.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. write texts in Farsi in the appropriate genre, with correct grammatical structures and thematic vocabulary relevant to the level of the student;
  2. read, comprehend and infer authors' meanings in newspapers, magazines, and simple texts written in Farsi;
  3. engage with authentic media such as Persian news, movies or music;
  4. communicate verbally at a basic level  in a variety of settings with proficient Farsi speakers; and
  5. identify and differentiate aspects and issues of the cultures and societies associated with the Farsi language.
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This minor requires the completion of 24 units, which must include:

A maximum of 12 units may come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
PERS1001 Introductory Persian A 6
PERS1002 Introductory Persian B 6

12 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
PERS2003 Intermediate Persian A 6
PERS2004 Intermediate Persian B 6

A maximum of 12 units may come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
MEAS2000 Iranian History and Culture 6
  MEAS 3002: Gender and Culture in IRAN-ME
PERS3005 Advanced Persian A 6
PERS3006 Advanced Persian B 6
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