Persian, which is called Farsi or Parsi by Persian speakers, belongs to the Indo-Iranian branch of the Indo-European languages. It is primarily spoken in Iran, Afghanistan (officially known as "Dari”), Tajikistan (officially known as "Tajik" since the Soviet era), and other countries which historically came under Persian influence.
Farsi is spoken by 110 million as their primary language in the world. But more importantly, Persian or Farsi is a language carrying more than four millennia of civilized history.
Along with Arabic, Turkish, Russian, Korean, and Chinese, Farsi (Persian) has been listed as a critical language by the American State Department since 2001 because of American strategic, business, and security interests in the Middle East.
These premises have prompted more than 40 major American university and colleges to integrate Farsi programs into their curriculum. Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, Georgetown, Stanford, Berkley, the State universities of Maryland, Chicago, Arizona, Ohio, and the UCs, just to mention a few, have decided that Farsi needs to be part of their program.
In the fall of 2011, a pilot program of Farsi was initiated at Georgia Tech at the request of the Iranian Student Association of GT and some twenty Iranian faculty members. The Persian Community Center (PCC) of Atlanta provided the necessary initial funds, and the first class of Farsi was offered in the fall 2011.