Minor in Iranian Studies
Thanks to generous support from the Farhang Foundation's Iranian Studies Initiative, the Middle East Studies program launched a Minor in Iranian Studies in Fall 2013. Courses on medieval and modern Iranian history and Persian literature and culture in translation are now offered, in addition to Persian language courses.
Please check for Fall 2014 offerings in the catalogue.
Four courses (16 units) are required for the minor in Iranian Studies if a student has already passed the following Lower Division language courses or has tested out through a proficiency/placement exam at USC's Language Center.
Pre-requisite Language Courses, Lower Division
MDES 120 Persian-I, 4 Units
MDES 150 Persian-II, 4 Units
MDES 220 Persian-III, 4 Units
MDES 250 Persian-IV, 4 Units
Persian-I through Persian-III can be waived by placement examination. Students placed beyond Persian-III can sit for the Persian-IV proficiency examination. If successful, they may register for Advance Persian-I (MDES 320).
Minor Degree Required Courses, Upper Division
Four courses—16 units from among the following
MDES 320 Advanced Persian-I, 4 Units (offered in fall 2014)
MDES 350 Advanced Persian-II, 4 Units (will be offered in Spring 2015)
MDES 349g Ancient Empires, 4 Units
MDES 312 Iran in the Middle Ages, 4 Units
MDES 313 Modern Iran, 4 Units
MDES 324 Classical Persian Literature, 4 Units
MDES 325 Modern Persian Literature, 4 Units
MDES 461 Topics in Ancient Iranian Languages and Cultures, 4 Units
Alternatively, one of the four required courses may be chosen from the following list of upper-division courses that cover material relevant to Iran or place Iran in its broader Middle Eastern context.
ANTH 335 Comparative Muslim Societies
CLAS 360 Classical Arabic Literature in Translation [covers period 500-1500]
HIST 324g Islam in Russia and the Soviet Union
POSC 351 Middle East Politics
REL 315 Thought and Life of Islam
REL 316 Women and the Islamic Tradition
REL 414 History of Islamic Law
* Links are for Fall 2014 course catalogue.