Languages: Persian

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Overview

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.

Farsi (Persian) has been listed as a critical language by the U.S. Department of State 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. In the fall of 2011, a pilot program of Farsi was initiated at Georgia Tech at the request of the Iranian Student Association of Georgia Tech 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.

Programs of Study

The School of Modern Languages currently offers first and second-year courses in Persian and Persian courses are available as part of the minor in Middle Eastern and North African Studies

 

Spring 2021 Course Offerings

Elementary Persian I (PERS1001 A)

Persian communication skills; introduction to Persian culture through movies & music videos, art & architecture. Taught in Persian. 4 credit hours. Remote synchronous. Taught by Prof. Roya Mesbah. 

Elementary Persian II (PERS1002 A)

Persian communication skills; introduction to Persian culture through movies & music videos, art & architecture. Taught in Persian. 4 credit hours. Remote synchronous. Taught by Prof. Roya Mesbah.  

Special Topics: Persian for Humanitarian Purposes (PERS2801 A)

Listening to native speech and practicing the vernacular language in everyday situations using videos and movies. Taught in Persian. 1 credit hour. Remote synchronous. Taught by Prof. Roya Mesbah. 

Modern Iran: Social and Environmental Sustainability (PERS4001 A/8903 UA)

A survey of influential Iranian women change-makers in fields of social and environmental sustainability in modern Iran. Taught in Persian. 3 credit hours. Remote synchronous. Taught by Prof. Roya Mesbah.