Persian & Minor in Iranian Studies Courses


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 catalogue to register for Persian and Iranian Studies courses. Upper  Division Persian courses (MDES 320 & MDES 350) also count towards the Iranian Studies minor. Please check the Iranian Studies tab on our website for a list of the four MDES core courses that count towards the minor.


Develop Proficiency in Persian & Fulfill your Foreign Language Requirement 
PERSIAN 2014 Course Flyer

Fall 2014 registration for Persian courses and our Iranian Studies minor is open to all USC students.  MDES 120, MDES 150, MDES 220 and MDES 320 are offered this semester. Students may tkae a placement exam to determine their eligibility for Persian IV or Advanced Persian-I.

Elementary Persian I & II (MDES 120 & MDES 150) as well as Intermediate Persian (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.

Advanced Persian-I & II (MDES 320 & MDES 350) count towards the Iranian Studies minor. Persian native speakers who are also proficient in reading and writing may also be able to enroll in Iranian Studies courses (offered in English) with the approval of the department. Students who want to test out of Persian-III and fulfill their foreign language requirements 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