• Total units 24 Units
  • Areas of interest Cultural Studies, Language Studies
  • Minor code PERS-MIN

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

  1. write texts in Farsi in the appropriate genre, withcorrect grammatical structures and thematic vocabulary relevant to the level ofthe student;
  2. read, comprehend and infer authors' meanings innewspapers, 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 proficientFarsi speakers; and
  5. identify and differentiate aspects and issues of thecultures 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 from the completion of the following list:

PERS1001 - Introductory Persian A (6 units)

PERS1002 - Introductory Persian B (6 units)

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

PERS2003 - Intermediate Persian A (6 units)

PERS2004 - Intermediate Persian B (6 units)

A maximum of 12 units from the completion of the following list:

PERS3005 - Advanced Persian A (6 units)

PERS3006 - Advanced Persian B (6 units)

MEAS2000 - Iran: History, Politics and Culture (6 units)

MEAS2005 - Gender and Culture in Iran and the Middle East (6 units)

MEAS3004 - Iran in World Politics

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