NEW! Persian Courses got a new code "IRAN" while keeping the other code "MDES". Persian I (IRAN 120/MDES 120), Persian II (IRAN 150/MDES 150), Persian III (IRAN 220/MDES 220) and Advanced Persian I (IRAN 320/MDES320) have been offered in Fall 2015. Register today!

Minor in Iranian Studies: Thanks to the generous support of the Farhang Foundation's Iranian Studies Initiative, in fall 2013 USC Dornsife announced the launching of a new minor in Iranian Studies. Central to the minor are the courses in modern Iranian history, culture and contemporary literature offered by Professor Hani Khafipour. Please check our Course Brochure and Flyer to see our course offerings and check USC's catalogue to register for Persian and Iranian Studies courses.

Persian I, Persian II and Persian III provide students with the opportunity to develop communicative proficiency in basic Persian. They employ an innovative, modular, and task-based curriculum. Students learn basic skills in reading and writing and develop basic proficiency in speaking and listening. The main content areas include the modern culture of Iran, colloquial conversations, and contemporary Persian literature.

Persian IV, Advanced Persian I and Advanced Persian II are upper division courses and count towards the minor in Iranian Studies. Please check Iranian Studies Initiative tab on MESP website for a list of other courses that count towards the minor. Students who want to test out of Persian I through III and fulfill their foreign language requirement should contact the Language Center and sit for a written placement exam.

Last Updated July 30, 2015

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