Center for Global & International Studies, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences


6 credits in Persian language coursework in courses numbered PERS 220 or above. This includes any of the following:

(Completion of PERS 110, PERS 120, PERS 210 or the equivalent is required before starting on the Persian language coursework below.)
PERS 220 Intermediate Iranian/Dari/Tajik Persian II
PERS 593 Directed Study in Persian Culture and Literature: _____
PERS 310 Advanced Iranian/Dari/Tajik Persian I
PERS 320 Advanced Iranian/Dari/Tajik Persian II

Students must take any two of the following (6 credits.)

HIST 328 The Modern Middle East
HIST 481 From Harem to the Streets: Gender in the Middle East, 1900-Present
HIST 570 The Middle East After World War II
GIST 335 Iran Through Literature and Film
GIST 530 Politics and Society in the Contemporary Persianate World
GIST 535 Literature and Society in the Contemporary Middle East
GIST 624 Social Movements in the Middle East
GIST 633 Iran, Turkey, and the Kurds
GIST 667/POLS 676 Islam and Politics
POLS 661 Politics of the Middle East

The certificate in Persian Language & Culture can compliment students with academic focus in the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and South Asia. Dialects of Persian language are official languages in Iran (Farsi), Tajikistan (Tajik), and Afghanistan (Dari). Students interested in pursuing the certification may contact Dr. Razi Ahmad at

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Meet Zoya Khan, who graduated with the Middle East Studies minor  along with a double major in Global & International Studies and Political Science. Watch the video below and read more about Zoya here.

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