Middle Eastern Languages & Cultures: Persian Languages & Literature, BA

Persian Language and Literature focuses on the language and culture of Iran from the premodern to the modern periods as well as in the context of Islamic Civilization. Because of the interdependence of language and culture, a primary emphasis is on gaining mastery of Persian, alongside coursework in history, religion, and culture.

The minimum total course units for graduation in this major is 34. Double majors may entail more course units.


For information about the General Education requirements, please visit the College of Arts & Sciences Curriculum page.

College General Education Requirements and Free Electives
Foundational Approaches + Sectors 1 + Free Electives20
Major Requirements
Language Requirement
Select 6 course units of Language Requirement 26
Breadth Requirement
MELC 0001/ANCH 0100/HIST 0730Introduction to the Ancient Middle East1
MELC 0002Introduction to the Middle East1
Concentration Requirements 3
Select 5 course units in Concentration Requirement5
Concentration Paper1
Total Course Units34

You may count no more than one course toward both a Major and a Sector requirement. For Exceptions, check the Policy Statement.


This requirement must be fulfilled in Persian.


May focus on either Medieval or Modern Periods, to be chosen in consultation with the major advisor. Minimum of one course each in History, Literature (original language or in translation) and Religion.


Requirements: A minimum overall GPA of 3.0 and a GPA of 3.5 in major related courses.

MELC 4999Independent Study1
MELC 4995Senior Conference1

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2024 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.