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PRSN 100 : Summer Immersion Persian

Prerequisites: None
Description: Proficiency in the skills of listening, writing, reading, and speaking Persian language. Exploration of the geography and culture of the Persian-speaking countries.
Units: 3

PRSN 101 : First Semester Persian

Prerequisites: None.
Description: First semester elementary modern Persian, designed to develop proficiency in the fundamental skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing Persian. Exploration of the geography, history, culture, and religion of the Persian-speaking world.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 5
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PRSN 102 : Second Semester Persian

Prerequisites: PRSN 101 or equivalent.
Description: Continuation of First-Semester Persian.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 5
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PRSN 103 : Third Semester Persian

Prerequisites: PRSN 101 and 102 or equivalent.
Description: Third semester modern Persian, designed to further develop proficiency in the fundamental skills of reading and speaking. Continued exploration of the geography, history, culture, and religion of the Persian-speaking world.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 5

PRSN 104 : Fourth Semester Persian

Prerequisites: PRSN 103 or equivalent.
Description: Fourth semester modern Persian, designed to further develop proficiency in the fundamental skills of reading, speaking and translating. Continued study of Persian language, literature and culture to achieve a deeper understanding.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 5

PRSN 206 : Basic Persian Conversation

Prerequisites: PRSN 102 or equivalent.
Description: Review basic grammar; develop proficiency in the skills of listening and speaking Persian language.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

PRSN 250 : Intermediate Persian

Prerequisites: PRSN 206 or equivalent.
Description: Continued development of grammar and conversation skills.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

PRSN 260 : Persian Culture and Civilization in English

Prerequisites: First year composition or equivalent or consent of instructor.
Description: Exploration of major themes in the development of Persian culture and civilization from antiquity to present including, but not limited to, religions, languages, ethnicities, arts, traditions, and customs. Taught in English. (Formerly PRSN 401)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PRSN 290 : Introduction to Persian Literature in Translation

Prerequisites: First year composition or equivalent.
Description: Examination of history, cultures, traditions, and religions as major themes in contemporary literature of Persian writers. Taught in English. (Formerly PRSN 510)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PRSN 350 : Advanced Persian

Prerequisites: PRSN 250 or equivalent.
Description: Development of advanced language skills; focus on recognizing forms of standard and vernacular speaking.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3

PRSN 411 : Persian Media in English

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: Development of Persian socio-political and cultural understanding through examination of current events as presented in the media in English language.
Units: 3

PRSN 450 : Religious Traditions in Iran

Prerequisites: Second year composition or equivalent.
Description: Investigation into religious traditions of Iran from the inception to the present-day. Taught in English. (Formerly PRSN 601)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

PRSN 500 : Introduction to Persian Literature

Prerequisites: PRSN 350 or equivalent.
Description: Development of poetry and prose in the Persian literature in different periods and genres. Taught in Persian language.
Units: 3

PRSN 550 : Topics in Persian Studies in English

Prerequisites: Second year composition or equivalent. Topic to be specified in online Bulletin and Class Schedule.
Description: Introduction to Persian Languages, Literatures, Cultures, Arts, History and Cinema. Taught in English. May be repeated for a total of 9 units when topic varies.
Units: 3

PRSN 550 : Persian Culture Through Films in English

Prerequisites: Second Semester Composition or equivalent.
Description: Aspects of contemporary Iranian cultures, as presented in the Iranian film, are examined in critical context.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

PRSN 699 : Independent Study

Prerequisites: PRSN 350 or ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: Written projects, in English or Persian, requiring critical analysis and interpretation of cultural or literary issues. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 units.
Units: 1-3
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