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The Persian language is spoken today primarily in Iran and in large parts of Afghanistan and Tajikistan. Communities of Persian speakers also exist in countries bordering the Persian Gulf and in many other places around the world. Persian has a long history and a rich body of literature.


  • AP/PERS 1000 6.00 Elementary Persian
    This course serves as an introduction to Modern Persian and is intended for students with no active ability in the language. It will develop basic aural, conversational, reading, and writing skills in the language. Note: No active knowledge of Persian. A Placement Test will be required. Note: Not open to students with previous knowledge of Persian. Language of Instruction: English/Persian.
  • AP/PERS 2000 6.0 Intermediate Persian
    This course continues the work covered at the introductory level. Focus is on acquiring more complex grammatical structures, expanding vocabulary and discourse skills, and on developing competence in a wide range of communicative situations. Open to students with some knowledge of Modern Persian. Prerequisite: AP/PERS 1000 6.00 or Placement Test. Language of Instruction: Persian

  • AP/PERS 2700 6.00 Persian Literature and Culture
    (Crosslisted to: AP/HUMA 2700 6.00)
    This course examines historical, cultural and social processes that have formed Iranian culture and civilization, ranging from ancient Persia to contemporary Iran. The course studies and analyzes Persian literature in translation. Texts are read in their historical, social, and political contexts to gain a thorough understanding of the history of Iran and the way culture is produced. Language of Instruction: English

  • AP/PERS 2800 6.0 Iranian Cinema: Aesthetics and Culture
    (Crosslisted to: AP/HUMA 2800 6.00)
    This course is designed to introduce students to Iranian cinema. Students study the aesthetics and the socio-cultural impact of Iranian films. The Iranian national film industry is critically analyzed from historical and comparative perspectives. Prerequisites: none Course credit exclusions: none Cross-listed to HUMA 2800 6.0 Language of Instruction: English

  • AP/PERS 3000 6.0 Advanced Persian
    This course continues the work covered at the intermediate level. Focus is on acquiring more advanced vocabulary, discourse skills and on analyzing communicative situations, especially in formal and literary situations. Prerequisite: AP/PERS 2000 6.00 or by permission of the department. Course credit exclusions: None. Open to: Students who have passed junior high school in Persian or who have the equivalent level of knowledge of Modern Persian. Language of Instruction: Persian

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Khatereh Sheibani
S542 Ross