Persian has been one of the most important languages of Asia for more than a thousand years.
the official language of Iran and Tajikistan
one of the two official languages of Afghanistan
the language of nearly 100 million native speakers
a major literary language of India for centuries
a vehicle for poetry, philosophy, the sciences, and Islamic literature
Study Persian at USC and communicate with Persian speakers on their own terms. Understand modern Iran and its neighbors with an insider’s perspective. Get direct access to some of the world’s greatest and most influential literature.
Want to be more fluent and more literate? We place heritage learners like you in our higher-level classes. To find out more, contact our Persian instructor, Professor Peyman Nojoumian.