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. Upper  Division Persian courses (MDES 250, MDES 320 and MDES 350) count towards the minor in Iranian Studies. Please check Iranian Studies tab on MESP website for a list of other courses that count towards the minor.

Elementary Persian I & II (MDES 120 & MDES 150) as well as Intermediate Persian III & IV (MDES 220 & MDES 250) provide students with the opportunity to develop communicative proficiency in Persian. They employ an innovative, modular, and task-based curriculum. Students learn basic skills in reading and writing and develop proficiency in speaking and listening. The main content areas include the modern culture of Iran, colloquial conversations, and contemporary Persian literature.

Persian IV (MDES 250), Advanced Persian I and II (MDES 320 & MDES 350) count towards the minor in Iranian Studies. 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.

  • Persian Program
  • Office: THH 449
  • 3501 Trousdale Parkway
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-0352