PERSIAN @ USC
Persian is a major language in the Middle East and the Islamic world. It is the official language of Iran and Tajikistan and one of the two official languages of Afghanistan. With nearly 100 million native speakers around the world, Persian is a language of poetry, philosophy, sciences, literature and Iranian culture.
Thanks to generous support from the Farhang Foundation’s Iranian Studies Initiative, USC Dornsife began offering Persian language courses in Fall 2011.
At present, all levels of Persian, from elementary to advanced, are taught under USC Middle East Studies Program.
Persian I (MDES 120) teaches basic language skills such as reading and writing and helps develop basic speaking proficiency quickly.
Persian II (MDES 150) continues Persian I and advances basic language skills.
Persian III (MDES 220) is an intermediate level course which builds on the skills developed in Persian II.
Persian IV (MDES 250) is a high intermediate level course which counts towards the minor in Iranian Studies.
Advanced Persian I (MDES 320) and Advanced Persian II (MDES 350) develop advanced proficiency in Persian language and culture and count towards the minor in Iranian Studies.
Through our Program:
– Immerse yourself in Persian language & culture
– Experience dynamic & proficiency-based learning using modern technology and interactive online assignments.
– Enjoy easy-to-manage course work and syllabi
– Fulfill your foreign language requirement
– Complete coursework toward a minor in Iranian Studies or Middle East Studies by selecting upper level courses (Persian-IV, Advanced Persian-I & II)
– Take a placement exam to enter beyond the Persian I level if eligible (through the Dornsife Language Center).
– Have access to critical language scholarships and language abroad programs
Our Teaching Philosophy:
The main goal of the program is to develop communicative proficiency and language skills in Persian. The Persian language program at USC utilizes the latest communicative & tasked-based teaching methodologies. Based on this approach, the language learners are immersed in the target language from the very beginning and learn the same language tasks that native-speakers of Persian use in their real life.
Fall 2014 Course Offerings:
Persian-I (MDES 120), M-Th, 11-11:50, THH 107
Persian-II (MDES 150), M-Th, 10-10:50, WPH 400
Persian-III (MDES 220), M-Th, 12-12:50, THH 107
Advanced Persian-I (MDES 320), M-Th, 9-9:50, VKC 103
Spring 2015 Course Offerings:
Persian-II (MDES 150) M-Th, 12-12:50, THH 107
Persian-III (MDES 220) M-Th, 10-10:50, THH 109
Persian-IV (MDES 250) M-Th, 11-11:50, THH 111
Advanced Persian-II (MDES 350), M-Th, 9-9:50, THH 109
Middle East Studies Program
University of Southern California
3501 Trousdale Parkway, THH 449
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0352