Department of Persian
Course Descriptions


Introduction to Iranian Studies (1), (2)
The goal of this course is to increase understanding of Iranian studies. An overall recognition of Iranian studies is increased by acquiring general knowledge of Iran's politics and society.

Readings in Elementary Persian (1), (2)
Lays the foundation for translation skills by acquainting students with more formal passages based on an anthology of texts taken from newspapers, magazines, short stories, and fables. Studies the Persian sentence structure and meaning through exercises.

Practice in Elementary Persian Composition(1),(2)
Aims to improve Persian composition skills by selecting and analyzing basic modern Persian sentence patterns and various others used relatively frequently in daily life, understanding basic grammar and vocabulary, and practicing applying them in writing.

Elementary Persian Language Lab (1), (2)
Lays the foundation for Iranian language pronunciation and accent as well as listening and conversational skills. Develops the skills to memorize and utilize vocabulary at the same time.

Elementary Persian Conversation (1), (2)
Focuses on cultivating the student's ability to engage in free conversation.

Current Iranian (1), (2)
Aims to develop Persian newspaper and magazine reading comprehension skills. Words and phrases frequently appearing in newspapers and magazines are introduced in various contexts. Focuses on learning the characteristics of Persian writing through analysis of its sentence structure and introduction of various conjugations of verbs.

Readings in Intermediate Persian (1), (2)
Reinforces translation skills by acquainting students with more formal passages using an anthology of texts taken from newspapers, magazines, short stories, and fables. Studies sentence structure and meanings through practice questions.

Practice Intermediate Persian Sentence Pattern (1), (2)
Develops intermediate level composition skills by building on the grammatical foundation established during the freshman year. Typical sentence patterns are used repeatedly as the sentence coordination skills required for basic conversation cannot be improved in a short period of time. In addition, sample sentence patterns from Iranian culture and the Persian region countries are also studied, to build a foundation for the regional study of the Southwest Asian Silk Road culture, including Iran.

Intermediate Persian Language Lab (1), (2)
Through situational conversation exercises, the students have their pronunciation corrected and memorize basic sentence patterns. The course places special emphasis on colloquial style of speech to facilitate communication with Iranians.

Intermediate Persian Conversation (1), (2)
This course is an extension of Practice in Elementary Persian Composition, which students take in the first year. Students will search for and study sentences that are frequently used in daily life.

Readings in Advanced Persian (1), (2)
Building on the grammar, composition, and comprehension skills acquired during the freshman and sophomore years, this course aims to strengthen the student's Persian language comprehension skills by dealing with more advanced sentences and greater variations.

Iranian Economy (1), (2)
The history of modern economic development in Iran is based on oil revenues and credit loans. Among the countries in the Middle East, Iran was the first to establish an economic development plan. It carried out either five- or seven-year economic development plans a total of five times, starting from the first economic development plan in March 1949 to the Islamic Revolution. In addition to five-year development plans, Iran is establishing a long-term 20-year development plan as well. This course will cover five subjects: economic growth and structure; industrial structure and oil, water resource development, industrialization of the oil industry, UN sanctions and the Iranian economy, response towards universalism and privatization.

Selected Works of Iranian Literature
This course looks at the spiritual characteristics of Iranians through modern novels as well as medieval poetry. This course will also review works in Persian of other countries and regions besides Iran.

Social History of Iran (1)
The goal of this course is to increase the historical and theoretical understanding of Iranian society. It deals with various themes about Iranian society including its political culture and civil society relations.

Social History of Iran (2)
This course uses Iranian media materials to analyze Iranian society. It selects various medial materials to shed light on various themes such as women, society, war and religions and discusses political, social, and cultural issues.

Iranian Contemporary Politics
Aims to understand the unique Islamic politics of Iran through the study of its general political history after the Qajar dynasty through to modern and contemporary times as a way of examining the theocracy and political phenomena of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Persian Conversation & Composition (1), (2)
Focuses on both conversation and composition skills by encouraging the students to write conversational-style sentences.

FLEX Iranian (1), (2)
This course considers the tendency of questions in the Iranian FLEX and makes theoretical and practical preparations for the test. Its classes teach general grammar and increase listening and reading comprehension skills.

Iranian Oral Literature
Aims to understand present-day Iran and Iranian way of thinking by studying the oral tradition of anecdotes and simple fairy tales handed down through the ages since the ancient Persian times.

Iran’s Foreign Diplomacy
Modern Iran has always maintained diplomatic independence as a descendant of the great Persian Empire. This course analyzes the potentials and limitations of Iran's independent diplomatic policies during the Pahlavi era. It focuses on understanding the Middle East and the international political developments through the microscopic study of the unique Islamic diplomacy of the current Islamic Republic.

History of Iranian Literature
This course will look into the history of Iranian literature from the Persian Dynasty to the Islamic Era up to the era of contemporary literature. Students will historically research auteur theory and studies of literature, mainly centering on poetry and prose. Through this process, students will gain a general understanding of all genres in literature.

History of Iran
For the past 5,000 years, Iran has played a role in bridging the East and the West (China, India, and Europe). This course explores the character and value systems of the Iranians as reflected by the Elamites that first inhabited the Iranian highlands, who created a new Islamic Persian culture despite resistance and surrender to Greek, Roman, Arabic and Mongolian invasions.

Iranian Society and Culture
The objective of this course is to increase understanding of Iranian society. Students will be able to systematically and comprehensively analyze Iranian society by looking at the relationship between society and culture.

Seminar on Middle Eastern Regional Studies
Develops analytical skills by having students select an important Middle East-related issue and present various approaches to the problem, mostly through specific case studies. Consists of student research, presentation, and discussion.

Economic Persian
Studies the fundamentals of the Iranian economy with a focus on Persian economic terminology to understand its current structure and state and to contribute to its external economic relations, particularly to the promotion of exchange between Korea and Iran.

History of Iranian Political Thought
This course reviews the trends of Iranian political thought from ancient to modern times. Arguments by political philosophers from various eras are looked at to learn the characteristics of the history of Iranian political thought.

Iranian Writers
The course takes a writer-oriented approach to understanding literature by studying the consciousness and thought of those Iranian writers who left an imprint on the Iranian literary realm, from the major poets of the golden period of ancient Iranian poetry and prose to modern novels

International Relations of Middle East-Central Asia
Analyzes the theory and practice of the political phenomena unfolding on the international stage, particularly the diplomatic relations of the Islamic Republic not only with Middle Eastern-Central Asian countries but also with superpowers like the United States. Focuses on understanding the dynamics among nations by examining the different countries and their current issues primarily through the study of specific development.