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Courses - Fall 2024
PERS
Persian Department Site
Open Seats as of
07/17/2024 at 10:30 PM
PERS101
Elementary Persian I
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Must have appropriate Foreign Language Placement Test (FLPT) score.
Restriction: Must not be native/fluent speaker of Persian.
Introduction to the alphabet, pronunciation patterns, greetings, basic structures, and other fundamentals, with emphasis on oral and aural skills.
PERS201
Intermediate Persian I
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PERS102; or Must have appropriate Foreign Language Placement Test (FLPT) score.
Restriction: Must not be native/fluent speaker of Persian.
Development of speaking, reading, writing, listening and cultural knowledge through wide variety of activities.
PERS280
Art Activism in Iran
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Credit only granted for: PERS289M, ARTH389O, or PERS280.
Formerly: PERS298M.
Explores Iranian artists' intent and hope for change and their critical and playful strategies of making a difference through their visual or performing arts created since 1980. While exploring key concepts, contexts, and debates by examining a variety of artworks, we explore diverse and unique transgressive stories, strategies, and styles that these works present to address themes of social justice through the art. We examine how multimedia art forms (dance, theatre, cinema, painting, digital art, and music) empower Iranian artists to practice their identity and exercise their agency as these aspects intersect with race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, ability, and education in a shifting and multilayered context.
PERS283
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Cross-listed with: CINE283.
Credit only granted for: PERS283, CINE283 or FILM298B.
Introduction to Iranian cinema, society, and culture. Taught in English.
Cross-listed with FILM298B. Credit only granted for PERS283, FILM283, or FILM298B.
PERS298B
Special Topics in Persian Studies; Language Ideologies and Linguistic Diversity in Iran
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
This course delves into the role of language in contemporary Iranian society and explores socially significant topics such as standard language ideology, language attitudes, minority language rights, and language and social identity in multilingual Iran primarily through the scholarly lens of sociolinguistics. Two years of Persian language courses (or equivalent proficiency) required. Taught in English.
PERS301
Advanced Persian I
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PERS202; or permission of ARHU-School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures department.
Restriction: Must not be native/fluent speaker of Persian.
Development of speaking, reading, writing, listening and cultural knowledge through wide variety of activities, especially reading.
PERS311
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PERS301; or permission of ARHU-School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures department.
Examines issues, values, institutions of the contemporary Persian and Persianete world, primarily through analysis and discussion of current events as reported in the written and audiovisual press. Focus will be on increasing content knowledge as well as linguistic competency in Persian. Taught in Persian.
PERS386
(Perm Req)
Experiential Learning
Credits: 3 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Permission of ARHU-School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures department.
Pre-professional experience in research, analysis and writing in a work setting. Project proposal approved by faculty and internship sponsor.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
PERS398M
Special Topics in Persian Studies; Mystical Love Poetry: East and West
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Sufis and mystics like Rumi, Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, Francisof Assisi, and others like them are among the most influential figures in human history. Although they lived in different times and cultures, they shared the belief that the purpose of human creation is love, and they expressed their thoughts in their love poetry. In this course, we explore the life experiences of these mystics as we read their poems in English translation. We ask questions such as "What is experience?", "When can experience be called mystical?", "Is there a special connection between love and poetry?", and "Why did these thinkers express their mystical encounter with love in poetry?".
PERS398Q
(Perm Req)
Special Topics in Persian Studies; Social Issues in Contemporary Iran
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Permission required. Taught in Persian.

Blending content and advanced language acquisition, the course examines a range of issues of social significance in today's Iran from multiple perspectives. The primary focus is on developing Superior proficiency in the language and culture.
PERS398R
(Perm Req)
Special Topics in Persian Studies; Persian for Professional Purposes
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
This advanced-level course introduces students to various genres of use in contemporary Persian both written and spoken. Analysis of various recurring rhetorical contexts as well as typified linguistic responses to such contexts constitutes the primary focus in the course. Taught in Persian.
PERS399
(Perm Req)
Directed Study in Persian
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
PERS399C
(Perm Req)
Directed Study in Persian; Living/Learning in Persian House
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Permission of departmetn. Taught in Persian.
PERS498N
Special Topics in Persian Studies; Masterpieces of Persian Literature: Classical Persian Literature
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
This course is designed to represent a holistic point of view of the vast world of Persian Literature Throughout the different literary genre. We will be focused on both Verse and Prose from the classical text starting from the 11th century and will proceed by a multitude of samples in Persian literature. Taught in Persian.
PERS498O
Special Topics in Persian Studies; Persian Literature in Modern Iran
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
This course facilitates the development of Persian language proficiency and domain-specific knowledge at Advanced High Level on the ACTFL scale. The course assumes a solid knowledge of the core grammatical and lexical features of the Persian Language and involves reading-based discussions and writing activities. The domain of focus is Modern Persian literature. Taught in Persian.
PERS498T
Special Topics in Persian Studies; Sufism: History, Literature, and Politics of Islamic Mysticism
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with PERS689T, HIST428Q, HIST638Q, and RELS419Q. Credit only granted for PERS498T, PERS689T, HIST428Q, HIST638Q, or RELS419Q.

Provides an introduction to the history, literature, and politics of Sufism the Islamic "mystical" mode of piety from its origins to the modern period.
PERS689T
Special Topics in Persian Studies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Cross-listed with PERS498T, HIST428Q, HIST638Q, and RELS419Q. Credit only granted for PERS498T, PERS689T, HIST428Q, HIST638Q, or RELS419Q.

Provides an introduction to the history, literature, and politics of Sufism the Islamic "mystical" mode of piety from its origins to the modern period.