Undergraduate

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  • Iranian Studies (major)

    Students majoring in Iranian Studies may combine the major with specialization in other fields to enhance their career opportunities. Due to the number of additional courses required, they are advised to consider this option early in their academic career.

    Preparation for the Major (Required):

    • Iranian 1A/B/C (Elementary Persian)
      OR
    • Departmental Language Placement Exam

    Transfer Students
    Transfer applicants to the Iranian Studies major with 90 or more units must complete the following introductory courses prior to admission to UCLA: one year of Persian. Refer to the UCLA Transfer Admission Guide for up-to-date information regarding transfer selection for admission.

    Major Requirements (11 Courses):

    • Required Core (7 courses):
      • At least 3 of the 7 must be selected from: Iranian 102A/B/C (Intermediate Persian), 103A (Advanced Persian: Introduction to Classical Persian Poetry), 103B (Advanced Persian: Introduction to Classical Persian Prose), 103C (Advanced Persian: Introduction to Contemporary Persian Poetry and Prose), 120 (Comparative Study of Six Major Persian Poets), 140 (Persian Belles Lettres (Adabiyyat)), 141 (Persian Analytical Prose), 142 (Persian Popular Ethics)
      • Ancient Near East CM163 (Archaeology of Iran)
      • Iranian 102A/B/C (Intermediate Persian), 103A (Advanced Persian: Introduction to Classical Persian Poetry), 103B (Advanced Persian: Introduction to Classical Persian Prose), 103C (Advanced Persian: Introduction to Contemporary Persian Poetry and Prose), M110A (Iranian Civilization: History of Achaemenid Empire), M110B (Iranian Civilization: History of Arsacid (Parthian) Empire), M110C (Iranian Civilization: History of Early Sasanian Empire — From Ardashir I to Rise of Peroz (circa 224-459 C.E.)), 120 (Comparative Study of Six Major Persian Poets), 140 (Persian Belles Lettres (Adabiyyat)), 141 (Persian Analytical Prose), 142 (Persian Popular Ethics), 161A/B/C (Elementary Middle Iranian), 170 (Religion in Ancient Iran)
    • Required Electives (4 Courses):
      • Art History 119A (Western Islamic Art), 119B (Eastern Islamic Art), C120 (Problems in Islamic Art)
      • History 105A (Survey of Middle East, 500 to Present: 500-1300), 105B (Survey of Middle East, 500 to Present: 1300-1700), 105C (Survey of Middle East, 500 to Present: 1700-Present)
      • Political Science 157 (Government and Politics in Middle East)

    A maximum of two Iranian 197 or 199 courses (8 units total) may be applied toward the major.

  • Iranian Studies (minor)

    To enter the minor, students must have an overall grade-point average of 2.0 or better, and have completed the required lower division courses.

    Preparation for the Minor (Required): 

    • Iranian 1A/B/C (Elementary Persian)
      OR
    • Iranian 20A/B/C (Accelerated Elementary Persian) or equivalent
      AND
    • One course from Middle Eastern Studies M50A (First Civilizations), M50B (Origins of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam), 50C (Making and Studying Modern Middle East)

    Minor Requirements (5 courses):

    • Required Language and Civilization Core (3 courses):
      • Iranian 102A/B/C (Intermediate Persian), 103A (Advanced Persian: Introduction to Classical Persian Poetry), 103B (Advanced Persian: Introduction to Classical Persian Prose), 103C (Advanced Persian: Introduction to Contemporary Persian Poetry and Prose), M110A (Iranian Civilization: History of Achaemenid Empire), M110B (Iranian Civilization: History of Arsacid (Parthian) Empire), M110C (Iranian Civilization: History of Early Sasanian Empire — From Ardashir I to Rise of Peroz (circa 224-459 C.E.)), 120 (Comparative Study of Six Major Persian Poets), 140 (Persian Belles Lettres (Adabiyyat)), 141 (Persian Analytical Prose), 142 (Persian Popular Ethics), 161A/B/C (Elementary Middle Iranian), 170 (Religion in Ancient Iran)
    • Elective Courses (2 courses):
      • Iranian M105A (Baha’i Faith in Iran: Historical and Sociological Survey), M105B (Baha’i Faith in Iran: Survey of Baha’i Scriptures and Thought), M105C (Baha’i Faith in Iran: 20th Century Iran and the Baha’is), M115A/B/C (Elementary Azeri), 131 (Introduction to Judeo-Persian: Literature and Culture), 132 (Intermediate Judeo-Persian Literature and Culture), 187 (Variable Topics in Iranian Studies)

    A maximum of 4 units of special studies courses (197, 198, 199) approved by the adviser may be applied toward the minor. A minimum of 20 units applied toward the minor requirements must be in addition to units applied toward major requirements or another minor.

    No course for the minor may be taken on a P/NP grading basis. Each minor course must be taken for a letter grade, and students must have an overall grade-point average of 2.0 or better. Successful completion of the minor is indicated on the transcript and diploma.