Persian Studies offers in-depth investigations in the areas of classical and contemporary Persian literature, Persian history, Persian and Iranian linguistics. Independent study courses are available in Old Persian, Avestan, and other areas not offered on a regular basis. This program is supported by courses in the departments of Anthropology, History, Political Science, History of Art, and Economics. Professional and research interests of the faculty include literary history, literary theory and criticism, history, historiography, linguistics and dialectology, and Iranian religion. While the program chiefly prepares students for an academic career, interdisciplinary programs of study can be arranged for students interested in business and government employment.