LSA Course Guide Search Results: UG, Fall 2016, Subject = PERSIAN, Catalog Nbr = 505

If you are looking for additional courses in these areas, please look under the following in the Course Guide:

Near Eastern Studies (NEAREAST) for courses primarily taught in English and focused on disciplines related to Middle Eastern studies (literature, religion, history, linguistics, cultural studies, visual culture, etc.)  

Arabic Language (ARABIC) for Arabic language courses

Armenian Language (ARMENIAN) for Armenian language courses

Hebrew Language (HEBREW) for Hebrew language courses

Near Eastern Languages (NESLANG) for classical and ancient language courses

Persian Language (PERSIAN) for Persian language courses

Turkish Language (TURKISH)  for Turkish language courses


The Department of Near Eastern Studies offers instruction in the languages, literatures, histories, cultures, and religions of the ancient Near East and the medieval and modern Middle East. The department’s language offerings provide the foundation for the academic study of the literatures, histories, cultures, and religions of the region. The ancient language offerings include Sumerian, Egyptian, Akkadian, Hittite, Ugaritic, Avestan, Aramaic, and Classical Hebrew. The medieval and modern language offerings include Armenian, Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, Turkish, and Uzbek.

Placement and Proficiency Tests

Language exams are for University of Michigan students who are planning on furthering their language study or want to test out of a language requirement. No preparation is necessary for the placement test – it is intended to be a tool to place you in the course most appropriate for your level.

For information on language exams, see the department website: http://www.lsa.umich.edu/neareast/languages/placementtests

Special Department Policy:

The student must maintain at least a grade of a C in each term of a required concentration language. Those courses for which a student receives a lesser grade must be repeated.
The Department of Near Eastern Studies offers Persian language courses on all levels. At every level of our language program, we teach to enhance the cognitive abilities and intellectual curiosity of our students. Our language courses focus on the development of all four basic language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing). Through Persian language acquisition we aim to provide contexts and meanings as we challenge students to explore other world-views and learn to think about cultures critically. The advanced level Persian courses introduce students to Persian poetry and prose from the medieval to the modern era. These advanced level courses aim to provide a deeper and more textured knowledge of Iranian culture, history and society. They are part of a well-developed program on Persian language, literature, and culture designed to develop linguistic, literary, and methodological skills for scholarly research.

Though housed in NES, the courses and programming for Persian language and literature draw on resources, faculty and students from across the university, who cross the disciplinary boundaries of archaeology (Henry Wright), history of art (Christiane Gruber, Margaret Root), history (Kathryn Babayan, Juan Cole), and linguistics and language (Behrad Aghaei). Few universities in the United States enjoy such a large and distinguished concentration of scholars working on Iran.

Persian Language (PERSIAN)
To find courses focused on Persian culture, history, linguistics, religion, and literature, please look under Near Eastern Studies (NEAREAST) in the Course Guide.

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