Persian Minor

Persian, the official language of Iran, is an important language of the Middle East and Central Asia, spoken by approximately 70 million native speakers and roughly 110 million people worldwide. The Persian studies minor offers a diverse array of courses on language, literature, culture, history, and religions of the geographical area where Persian has historically been the dominant language or a major cultural force. This region encompasses Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, the Caucasus, Central Asia, the Indian subcontinent, and parts of the former Ottoman Empire. 

Requirements

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 cumulative GPA of 2.000 in the minor core requirements. Some programs may require higher standards for minor or specific courses.

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
IDEAs in Action General Education logo First-Year Seminar: Wars and Veterans: Iran, Iraq, and Afghanistan
IDEAs in Action General Education logo First-Year Seminar: Emperors, Courts, and Consumption: The Mughals of India
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Iranian Post-1979 Cinema
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Introduction to Persian Literature
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Iranian Women Writers
IDEAs in Action General Education logo History of the Indian Subcontinent to 1750
History of Muslim Societies to 1500
IDEAs in Action General Education logo HIstory of Muslim Societies since 1500
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Modern Central Asia
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Introduction to Islamic Civilization
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Modern Muslim Societies
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Love in Classical Persian Poetry
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Iranian Prison Literature
IDEAs in Action General Education logo The Modern Middle East
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Middle East Women Writers
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Literary Diasporas of the Middle East
Sociology of the Islamic World
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Persian Sufi Literature
IDEAs in Action General Education logo The Cinemas of the Middle East and North Africa
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Postcolonial Literature of the Middle East
Gender, Space, and Place in the Middle East
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Gender and Sexuality in Middle Eastern Literature
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Modern Muslim Literatures
Revolution in the Modern Middle East
Women in the Middle East
The Middle East and the West
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Sufism
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Islam and Islamic Art in South Asia
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Religion and Culture in Iran, 1500-Present
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.

Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Visit Program Website

New West 113, CB# 3267

(919) 962-4294

Persian Program Advisor

Claudia Yaghoobi

yaghoobi@email.unc.edu

Chair

Morgan Pitelka

mpitelka@unc.edu

Director of Undergraduate Studies

Robin Visser

rvisser@email.unc.edu

Student Services Specialist

Ash Barnes

wow@unc.edu