Bulletin

Persian Language and Literature

The Department of Jewish, Islamic and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures offers a major and a minor in Persian. As a major in Persian, students can expect to gain proficiency in the language, study the area’s literary and cultural landmarks, and gain familiarity with Near Eastern history and civilizations. As majors, students are expected to maintain a B average in all departmental courses.

The prerequisites for a major include successful completion of the first two levels of language study:

Pers 116DBeginning Persian I5
Pers 117DBeginning Persian II5
Pers 216DIntermediate Persian I5
Pers 217DIntermediate Persian II5
or its equivalent AND
one lower-level foundational course:
JINE 210CIntroduction to Islamic Civilization3

Language Placement: Placement tests are required for all students entering our language programs. Students who test into Intermediate Persian and satisfactorily complete (with a grade of B– or better) at least one semester of language study may petition for 3 units of retroactive credit; students who test into third year or above and satisfactorily complete (with a grade of B– or better) at least one semester of language study may petition for 6 units of retroactive credit. Credit is limited to 3 units for testing into intermediate and 6 units for testing into third year or above. Please note that students with native language proficiency as determined by the individual language section, as well as students who enroll in a course below their placement level, are ineligible for retroactive credit units. Students who misrepresent the extent of their background to gain entrance to a course at the elementary or intermediate level will be dropped from that course.

 

Phone:314/935-5110 or 314/935-8567
E-mail:jinelc@artsci.wustl.edu
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Majors

The Major in Persian Language and Literature

Total units required: 47. First- and second-level language study (20 units) plus 27 upper-level units, no more than 12 of which may be language courses.

Required courses:

The prerequisites for a major in Persian include successful completion of the first two levels of language study:

Pers 116DBeginning Persian I5
Pers 117DBeginning Persian II5
Pers 216DIntermediate Persian I5
Pers 217DIntermediate Persian II5
or its equivalent AND
JINE 210CIntroduction to Islamic Civilization3

Required upper-level courses for the major include language courses at the third year or higher levels. Students normally complete four years of Persian, or three years of study in Persian and one year in a second language. All students are expected to maintain a minimum grade of B– in language classes.

In addition, Persian majors must complete 15 units of relevant upper-level literature, culture and civilization courses, chosen in consultation with their adviser. (Please note that many courses in Near Eastern literatures and cultures can be found under Religious Studies, Comparative Literature, Anthropology, or Jewish, Islamic and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures.) Unless a student is writing an honors thesis or fulfilling a capstone requirement for a second major, he or she also is required to take the department's capstone course during the senior year. 

Additional Information

Study Abroad: Students are strongly encouraged to participate in Washington University-approved study abroad programs in Israel, Egypt and other countries of the Middle East. Study abroad is usually during the junior year and after a minimum of one year of language study at Washington University. Students who participate in Washington University sponsored and/or approved overseas programs are normally able to apply most or all of these units to their undergraduate degree, although no more than 9 upper-level units may be applied to the major. However, all transfer of credit is subject to review and approval by the department and the Study Abroad office.

Transfer Credit: Normally no more than 6 units of credit earned at an institution other than Washington University (this does not include Washington University-approved study abroad programs) may be applied to the major and no more than 3 units toward the minor.

Senior Honors: Qualified majors are encouraged to apply for Senior Honors before the end of the junior year. Students wishing to pursue this option need to meet the minimum honors requirements stated in this bulletin; have outstanding performance in language work; and satisfactorily complete, during the senior year, Pers 488 Independent Work for Senior Honors (fall) and, if possible, Pers 489 Independent Work for Senior Honors (spring), to be taken in addition to all other departmental requirements. Honors work will be supervised by a three-member departmental Honors Committee composed of a primary adviser and two additional faculty, which plans with each student special language work as needed and an independent honors research paper in the student’s area of academic interest.

Minors

The Minor in Persian Language and Literature

Units required: 18–29

Required courses: The minor in Persian Language and Literature requires the completion of 18 credits, no more than 12 of which may be in language, and a minimum of 9 units at the 300 level or above. Minimum requirements for the minor include two years of Persian language:

Pers 116DBeginning Persian I5
Pers 117DBeginning Persian II5
Pers 216DIntermediate Persian I5
Pers 217DIntermediate Persian II5

and the successful completion of at least 9 units of literature/culture courses chosen in consultation with the minor adviser.

Additional Information

Please note that students must earn a minimum of B– in language courses in order to proceed to the next level. Students who place out of language courses because of previous language training or because they are native speakers of the language must complete 15 units of literature and culture courses as approved by their minor adviser. No more than three units of credit earned at an institution other than Washington University may be applied to the minor. The pass/fail grade option is not allowed for any minor courses. Please also note that no more than 3 units of the required 18 units for the minor may be courses that also are used to satisfy the requirements of a major.

Courses

 

L47 Pers 116D Beginning Persian I

Introduction to modern Persian; concentrates on rapidly developing basic skills in speaking, reading, writing and understanding modern Persian. Five class hours a week and additional drill or laboratory hours as assigned by instructor.

Credit 5 units. A&S: LA A&S: IQ, LCD, LS BU: HUM, IS


L47 Pers 117D Beginning Persian II

Introduction to modern Persian; concentrates on rapidly developing basic skills in speaking, reading, writing and understanding modern Persian. Five class hours a week and additional drill or laboratory hours as assigned by instructor.

Credit 5 units. A&S: LA A&S: IQ, LCD, LS BU: HUM, IS


L47 Pers 200 Topics in Asian & Near Eastern Languages and Literatures

Same as ANELL 200

Credit 3 units. A&S: TH, CD AR: Lit BU: BA, HUM, IS


L47 Pers 216D Intermediate Persian I

Rapid development of skills in speaking, reading, writing and understanding modern Persian. Reading of annotated, classical and modern texts; elementary composition. Prerequisite: Pers 117D or equivalent.

Credit 5 units. A&S: LA A&S: IQ, LCD, LS BU: HUM, IS


L47 Pers 217D Intermediate Persian II

A continuation of Persian 216D. Emphasis on enhancing skills in speaking, reading, writing and understanding modern Persian. Reading of annotated classical and modern texts; elementary composition. Prerequisite: Pers 216D or equivalent. Five class hours a week with additional drill or laboratory hours as assigned.

Credit 5 units. A&S: LA A&S: IQ, LCD, LS BU: IS


L47 Pers 316 Advanced Persian I

Selected readings from classical Persian prose and poetry. Prose readings from historical, mystical and ethical literature by such authors as Bayhaghi, ’Attar and Sa’di. Poetry from significant lyrical genres, such as qasida and ghazal, as well as examples from heroic and romantic epics. Continued emphasis on developing skills in writing, speaking and understanding Persian. Frequent use of traditional music, slides and videos to enhance cultural awareness. Prerequisite: Pers 217D or equivalent.

Credit 3 units. A&S: LA A&S: IQ, LCD, LS BU: HUM, IS


L47 Pers 317 Advanced Persian II: Readings from Modern Literature

Selected readings from modern Persian prose and poetry. The section on prose includes readings from key 19th- and 20th-century texts carrying the debate on social and literary reform. Examples from novels, short stories and plays by such authors as Hedayat and Sa’di studied. Poetry selections include works of traditional figures, such as Iraj Mirza. Focus on reformists such as Nima, Shamlu and Forough. Class discussion emphasized and the use of music, slides and videos continued. Emphasis on developing skills in writing, speaking and understanding Persian. Prerequisite: Pers 316 or equivalent.

Credit 3 units. A&S: LA A&S: IQ, LCD, LS BU: HUM FA: Lit


L47 Pers 361 City of Peace: Baghdad in Medieval Times (ca. 762–1250)

Same as JINE 361

Credit 3 units. A&S: TH A&S: IQ, HUM EN: H


L47 Pers 400 Asian & Near Eastern Languages and Literatures Senior Seminar

Same as ANELL 400

Credit 3 units. A&S: TH, CD A&S: IQ, HUM, LCD AR: Lit FA: Lit


L47 Pers 425 Topics in Persian Literature

The richness and vigor of classical Persian literature continue into the 20th century. Economic growth, political change and modernization of education characterize the modern period. The literature produced in these circumstances provides a fascinating example of stimulation, struggle and change in an age-old literary tradition. The present course investigates the lively moments of this engagement with modernity in the novels, short stories and poems of such writers as Hedayat, Danishvar, Sepehri and Farrukhzad. (All readings in translation.)

Credit 3 units. A&S: TH A&S: IQ, HUM, LCD, LS BU: HUM FA: Lit


L47 Pers 456 Topics in Classical Persian Literature and Culture

An in-depth study of literary/cultural concepts, generic patterns or intellectual currents in Persian literature from the 10th to 18th centuries. Persian primary sources compose the bulk of the reading. Each semester, a certain genre, time period, literary/intellectual figure or text forms the main focus. Advanced reading knowledge of Persian required. Prerequisite: senior standing.

Credit 3 units. A&S: TH A&S: IQ, HUM, LCD FA: Lit


L47 Pers 457 Topics in Modern Persian Literature and Culture

An in-depth study of the modern developments in literary/cultural concepts, generic patterns or intellectual currents in Persian literature from 18th century to present. Persian primary sources compose the bulk of the reading. Each semester, a certain genre, time period, literary/intellectual figure or text forms the main focus. Advance reading knowledge of Persian required. Prerequisite: senior standing.

Credit 3 units. A&S: TH A&S: IQ, HUM, LCD EN: H FA: Lit


L47 Pers 488 Independent Work for Senior Honors

Prerequisite: senior standing.

Credit 3 units.


L47 Pers 489 Independent Work for Senior Honors

This course is taken in the spring semester. Prerequisite: senior standing, eligibility for honors and permission of the department.

Credit 3 units.


L47 Pers 4972 Guided Readings in Persian

Prerequisites: senior standing and permission of the instructor and the department chair. Credit variable, maximum 3 units.

Credit variable, maximum 3 units. A&S: LA


L47 Pers 4982 Guided Readings in Persian

Prerequisites: senior standing and permission of the instructor and the department chair. Credit variable, maximum 3 units.

Credit variable, maximum 3 units. A&S: LA



 

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