Persian Minor

Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

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New West 113, CB# 3267

(919) 962-4294

Claudia Yaghoobi, Persian Program Advisor

Morgan Pitelka, Chair

Pamela Lothspeich, Associate Chair and Fall 2020 Director of Undergraduate Studies

Robin Visser, Spring 2021 Director of Undergraduate Studies

Ash Barnes, Student Services Specialist

Persian is an important language of the Middle East and Central Asia, spoken by approximately 70 million native speakers and roughly 110 million people worldwide. It is the official language of Iran. It also includes Persian Dari spoken in Afghanistan, and Tajik in Tajikistan. Studying Persian will also introduce you to the rich and diverse culture that produced major epic poets such as Ferdowsi, Sufi poets such as Rumi and Hafez, magnificent miniature paintings, fine carpets, and much more.

Department Programs




In addition to the program requirements listed below, students must:

  • take at least nine hours of their minor "core" requirements at UNC–Chapel Hill
  • earn a minimum of 12 hours of C or better in the minor (some minors require more)

For more information, please consult the degree requirements section of the catalog.

The undergraduate minor in Persian consists of four courses. Students may complete either two language courses and two culture courses, or three language courses and one culture course.

Core Requirements
Two language courses beyond PRSN 203 (the first semester of intermediate Persian), chosen from:6
Intermediate Persian II
Persian Short Stories
Persian Language through Literature, Film, and Media
One course chosen from among the following:3
Iranian Post-1979 Cinema
Introduction to Persian Literature
Persian Sufi Literature
Love in Classical Persian Poetry
Iranian Prison Literature
Literary Diasporas of the Middle East
Postcolonial Literature of the Middle East
Gender, Space, and Place in the Middle East
History of the Indian Subcontinent to 1750
History of Muslim Societies to 1500
HIstory of Muslim Societies since 1500
The Modern Middle East
Revolution in the Modern Middle East
The Middle East and the West
Women in the Middle East
First-Year Seminar: Wars and Veterans: Iran, Iraq, and Afghanistan
The Cinemas of the Middle East and North Africa
Introduction to Islamic Civilization
Modern Muslim Societies
Islam and Islamic Art in South Asia
Religion and Culture in Iran, 1500-Present
Iranian Women Writers
Middle East Women Writers
Gender and Sexuality in Middle Eastern Literature
First-Year Seminar: Emperors, Courts, and Consumption: The Mughals of India
Modern Central Asia
Modern Muslim Literatures
Sociology of the Islamic World
A fourth course chosen from either the language or culture list above.3
Total Hours12

Placement credit (PL) may not be used to meet minor requirements.

See the program page here for special opportunities.