Study Persian at USC

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 from the Mediterranean to Bengal

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.

We offer a three year (six semester) sequence of Persian courses taking students to a fully functional level of ability.

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Fall 2014 Persian Courses

Fall 2014 Persian Courses

Already speak some Persian?

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.

Spring 2015 Persian Courses

MDES 150: Persian II

MDES 220: Persian III

MDES 250: Persian IV

MDES 320: Advanced Persian II

  • USC Middle East Studies Program
  • Taper Hall 449
  • 3501 Trousdale Parkway
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-0151
  • Images courtesy of Ed Ou Photography and USC Dornsife Office of Overseas Studies