Persian Courses

Persian: PRS

Lower-Division Courses

PRS 601C. Intensive Persian I.

First semester of intensive Persian language instruction. Six lecture hours a week for one semester. Persian 601C and 506 may not both be counted. Persian 601C and 507 may not both be counted.

PRS 506. First-Year Persian I.

Elementary colloquial Persian. Five lecture hours a week for one semester. Persian 601C and 506 may not both be counted.

PRS 507. First-Year Persian II.

Continuation of Persian 506. Elementary literary Persian. Five lecture hours a week for one semester. Persian 601C and 507 may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Persian 506 with a grade of at least C.

PRS 611C. Intensive Persian II.

Second semester of intensive Persian language instruction. Six lecture hours a week for one semester. Only one of the following may be counted: Persian 611C, 612C,512K. Only one of the following may be counted: Persian 611C, 612C, 512L. Prerequisite: Persian 601C or 507 with a grade of at least C.

PRS 612C. Intensive Persian for Heritage Speakers.

Designed for heritage speakers with prior exposure to Persian speaking and listening. This may include heritage Persian language speakers who have had little or no formal instruction in the language, and speakers who understand at a near-native level but have no knowledge or limited knowledge of reading and writing. Six lecture hours a week for one semester. Only one of the following may be counted: Persian 611C, 612C, 512K. Only one of the following may be counted: Persian 611C, 612C, 512L.

PRS 512K. Second-Year Persian I.

Not open to native speakers of Persian. Five lecture hours a week for one semester. Only one of the following may be counted: Persian 611C, 612C, 512K. Prerequisite: Persian 507 with a grade of at least C.

PRS 512L. Second-Year Persian II.

Not open to native speakers of Persian. Continuation of Persian 512K. Five lecture hours a week for one semester. Only one of the following may be counted: Persian 611C, 612C, 512L. Prerequisite: Persian 512K with a grade of at least C.

PRS 119S, 219S, 319S, 419S, 519S, 619S, 719S, 819S, 919S. Topics in Persian.

This course is used to record credit the student earns while enrolled at another institution in a program administered by the University's Study Abroad Office. Credit is recorded as assigned by the study abroad adviser in the Department of Middle Eastern Studies. University credit is awarded for work in an exchange program; it may be counted as coursework taken in residence. Transfer credit is awarded for work in an affiliated studies program. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

Upper-Division Courses

PRS 322K. Intermediate Persian I.

Not open to native speakers of Persian. First semester of intermediate Persian language instruction. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Persian 611C, 612C, or 512L with a grade of at least C.

PRS 322L. Intermediate Persian II.

Not open to native speakers of Persian. Second semester of intermediate Persian language instruction. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Persian 322K with a grade of at least C.

PRS 329. Topics in Persian Language, Literature, and Culture.

Study of various aspects of Persian linguistics, literature, and culture. Conducted in Persian. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Persian 612C or 322K.

Topic 1: Ferdowsi's Shahnameh.
Topic 2: Sa'di's Golestan. Additional prerequisite: Persian 512L.
Topic 3: Hafez's Ghazals.
Topic 4: Sadeq Hedayat and Twentieth-Century Persian Fiction.
Topic 5: Forugh Farrokhzad and Modernist Persian Poetry.
Topic 6: Persian Prose Nonfiction.
Topic 7: The Classics of Persian Poetry. Conducted in Persian. Only one of the following may be counted: Comparative Literature 323 (Topic: Classics of Persian Poetry), Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures 321 (Topic: Classics of Persian Poetry), Middle Eastern Studies 342 (Topic: Classics of Persian Poetry), Persian 329 (Topic 7). Additional prerequisite: Persian 611C or 612C with a grade of at least C.
Topic 8: Iranian Cinema. Only one of the following may be counted: Comparative Literature 323 (Topic: Iranian Cinema), Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures 321 (Topic: Iranian Cinema), Middle Eastern Studies 342 (Topic: Iranian Cinema), Persian 329 (Topic 8).
Topic 9: Media Persian. Introduction to the language of media in Iran and the rest of the Persianate world. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Persian 329 (Topic: Media Persian) and 329 (Topic 9) may not both be counted.
Topic 10: Iranian Women Poets. Persian 329 (Topic: Iranian Women Poets) and 329 (Topic 10) may not both be counted.

PRS 129S, 229S, 329S, 429S, 529S, 629S, 729S, 829S, 929S. Topics in Persian.

This course is used to record credit the student earns while enrolled at another institution in a program administered by the University's Study Abroad Office. Credit is recorded as assigned by the study abroad adviser in the Department of Middle Eastern Studies. University credit is awarded for work in an exchange program; it may be counted as coursework taken in residence. Transfer credit is awarded for work in an affiliated studies program. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

PRS 130D. Persian across Disciplines.

Students read and discuss Persian language materials related to the subject matter of another designated course. One lecture hour a week for one semester. No more than three semester hours may be counted toward the major in either Middle Eastern Studies or Middle Eastern Languages and Culture. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing, Persian 322L, and consent of instructor.

PRS 369. Conference Course in Persian Language and Literature.

Supervised individual study of selected problems in Persian language or literature. Conference course. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Nine semester hours of upper-division coursework in Persian and consent of instructor.

PRS 679H. Honors Tutorial Course.

Supervised individual reading for one semester, followed by research and writing to produce a substantial paper. Conference course for two semesters. Prerequisite: For 679HA, upper-division standing and admission to the Persian Language and Literature Honors Program; for 679HB, Persian 679HA.

Graduate Courses

PRS 380C. Topics in Persian Language.

Three lecture hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, and six semester hours of upper-division coursework in Persian or consent of instructor.

PRS 381H. Intensive Graduate Language Instruction I.

Intensive cultural and literacy-focused training in Persian at the beginning level in preparation for research with Persian sources. Includes an independent project component. Incoming students are placed in the appropriate level by means of a departmental placement test. Six lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

PRS 381J. Intensive Graduate Language Instruction II.

Intensive cultural and literacy-focused training in Persian at the low-intermediate level in preparation for research with Persian sources. Incoming students are placed in the appropriate level by means of a departmental placement test. Six lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and Persian 381H with a grade of at least B.

PRS 381K. Intermediate Graduate Language Instruction I.

Intensive cultural and literacy-focused training in Persian at the intermediate level in preparation for research with Persian sources. Includes an independent project component. Incoming students are placed in the appropriate level by means of a departmental placement test. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and Persian 381J with a grade of at least B.

PRS 381L. Intermediate Graduate Language Instruction II.

Intensive cultural and literacy-focused training in Persian at the high-intermediate level in preparation for research with Persian sources. Includes an independent project component. Incoming students are placed in the appropriate level by means of a departmental placement test. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and Persian 381K with a grade of at least B.

PRS 382C. Topics in Persian Linguistics and Philology.

Three lecture hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in Persian studies.

PRS 384C. Topics in Persian Literature.

Study of various aspects and periods of Persian language and literature. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, three semester hours of upper-division coursework in Persian, and consent of instructor.

Topic 1: Ferdowsi's Shahnameh.
Topic 2: Sa'di's Golestan.
Topic 3: Hafez and Classical Persian Lyric Poetry.
Topic 4: Sadeq Hedayat and Twentieth-Century Persian Prose Fiction.
Topic 5: Forugh Farrokhzad and Modernist Persian Poetry.
Topic 6: Iranian Women Writers.
Topic 7: Persian Prose Nonfiction, Past and Present.
Topic 9: Iranian Drama.
Topic 10: Iranian Film and Fiction. Same as Middle Eastern Studies 386 (Topic 2). Middle Eastern Studies 386 (Topic 2) and Persian 384C (Topic 10) may not both be counted.

PRS 389. Conference Course in Persian Studies.

Supervised individual study of selected problems in Persian studies. The equivalent of three lecture hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, consent of the graduate adviser, and consent of instructor.

PRS 698. Thesis.

The equivalent of three lecture hours a week for two semesters. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: For 698A, graduate standing in Persian studies and consent of the graduate adviser; for 698B, Persian 698A.

PRS 398R. Master's Report.

Preparation of a report to fulfill the requirement for the master's degree under the report option. The equivalent of three lecture hours a week for one semester. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in Persian studies and consent of the graduate adviser.

PRS 399W, 699W, 999W. Dissertation.

May be repeated for credit. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Admission to candidacy for the doctoral degree.

Professional Courses