The Persian language Program in the Department of Asian Studies provides language courses for heritage and non-heritage speakers, as well as courses in Iranian studies, where it dives deep into the historical and socio-cultural impact of the country.
Spoken today primarily in Iran, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan, Persian was historically more widely understood in an area ranging from the Middle East to India and exerted a strong influence on languages such as Hindi, Urdu, and Punjabi. Persian culture, religion and literature has had an extraordinary impact on Central, Southern and Western Asia as well as other cultures globally.
The Persian language program is a part of the South Asian language focus area. Those looking to complete this specialization will also need to complete courses in Hindi-Urdu and Punjabi studies. The program offers courses at all levels, perfect for those who want to learn basic Persian and Farsi or those who want to be more proficient speakers.
Students are not required to take placement tests or interviews for the Persian language program.