Persian Program

The Persian Program offers courses in various aspects of culture and civilization as well as a Minor in Persian Studies, which is a multidisciplinary program for students seeking greater understanding of the related peoples and cultures from ancient to contemporary times.

Founded in 2007, the Persian Studies Program at San Francisco State University is an academic resource for understanding, studying, and appreciating Persian cultural heritage belonging to a diverse ethnic collection of Afghanis, Armenians, Assyrians, Azeris, Baluchis, Gilakis, Kurds, Lors, Persians, Tajiks, Turks and many others. This program allows students to explore Persian language, literature, arts, history and culture in all its manifestations. It exposes students to a broadly defined vision that spans and includes the diverse geographic and linguistic landscape of both historic and modern Persianate societies.

Declare a Minor in Persian

To declare a minor, complete a Declaration of Major/Minor form, then make an appointment to see the program advisor. Bring a copy of your most recent university transcript to the meeting.

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Program Contacts

Program Founding Director and Advisor:
Mitra Ara, mitraara@sfsu.edu

The Persian Minor program, consists of 15 units, offers a diverse range of multidisciplinary lower and upper division undergraduate courses in culture, history, politics, philosophy, religion, literature, language, film and media.

Program Scope

The Minor in Persian Studies is a multidisciplinary program for students seeking greater knowledge and understanding of Persian speaking nations of Afghanistan, Iran, Tajikistan, and the Greater Iran, by studying New Persian language, literature, history, culture, religion, films, and various other topics from ancient to contemporary times.
The Persian minor consists of 15-19 units of lower- and upper-division core and elective courses. The program may waive the core language requirement (PRSN 101) if the student demonstrates appropriate competency through advising, by taking the placement test, or by having taken the equivalent coursework elsewhere. Students must pass a minimum of 15 units to successfully complete the minor.

 

Minor Requirements

The Persian minor consists of 6-10 units of lower and upper division core courses, and 5-9 units of elective courses. The program may waive the core language requirement (101) if the student demonstrates appropriate competency through advising, by taking the placement test, or by having taken the equivalent coursework elsewhere. Students must pass a minimum of 15 units to successfully complete the minor.

All course work used to satisfy the requirements of the minor must be completed with a minimum grade point average of 2.0.

 

Course Requirements

Courses are 3 units unless otherwise indicated.

Core Courses (6 - 10 units)

  •  PRSN 101     First Semester Persian* (4 units)
  •  PRSN 260 Persian Culture and Civilization in English
  •  PRSN 450     Religious Traditions in Iran

*NOTE: PRSN 101 may be waived if the student demonstrates appropriate competency through advising, by taking the placement test, or by having taken the equivalent coursework elsewhere. 

Elective Courses (5 - 9 units)

Select from the following courses upon advisement.

  • PRSN 100     Summer Immersion Persian
  • PRSN 102     Second Semester Persian (4 units)
  • PRSN 103     Third Semester Persian (4 units)
  • PRSN 104     Fourth Semester Persian (4 units)
  • PRSN 206 Basic Persian Conversation
  • PRSN 250 Intermediate Persian
  • PRSN 290     Introduction to Persian Literature in Translation
  • PRSN 350 Advanced Persian
  • PRSN 411 Persian Media in English
  • PRSN 500 Introduction to Persian Literature
  • PRSN 530 Topics in Persian Studies in English
  • PRSN 550     Persian Culture Through Films in English
  • PRSN 699     Independent Study (1-3 units)

Mission Statement

International House (I-House) at San Francisco State University is a dynamic student organization and an educational program founded by the Persian Studies to support and promote linguistic, cultural, and artistic activities. Our mission is to promote a peaceful environment and strengthen links with other cultural, educational programs and departments in San Francisco State University and beyond. Our goal is to enable student organizations to interact and foster intercultural respect, friendship, and leadership among individuals from all nations and backgrounds. At International House, individuals of diverse ethnic backgrounds, including international students and faculty, can exhibit their heritages in a non-intimidating and culturally infused environment, learning about peoples, languages, and nuances of cultures. {Advising Professor: Dr. Ara}

Office: Humanities Building, Room 413

Phone: (415) 338-3110
E-mail: ihouse@sfsu.edu

The Persian Studies Center, located in Room 413 of the Humanities Building, is the reading room, tutorial center, office of student organizations, as well as the cultural center for students of Persian Studies and Middle East Studies. The center provides access to reference materials, textbooks, journals, maps, online learning resources, International television, and radio programs broadcasted in the original languages through a Satellite system, and other related cultural materials. The center offers students use of computers, printers, and other equipment. Academic and cultural events, such as film screenings, book signings, poetry readings, and annual festivals are also held at the center and are open to all.

Office of Student Organizations:

  • I-House (International House)
  • ASA (Afghan Student Association)

Phone: 415-338-3110
Email: persian@sfsu.eduihouse@sfsu.edu

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