The Iranian Studies minor provides students with the foundation for an advanced understanding of Iran, its history, peoples and cultures, from antiquity to the present. Neighboring countries that participated in Persian culture are included, as well as non-Persian Iranian peoples. Students finishing this minor will also have at least an intermediate ability in Persian, the official language of Iran, widely used in neighboring countries as well.
Five courses (20 units) are required for the minor. All students must take HIST 180 and IRAN 250 . For those students who do not already have IRAN 250-equivalent proficiency, IRAN 120 , IRAN 150 and IRAN 220 or their equivalent (which do not count toward the minor) must be completed before enrolling in IRAN 250 . For those with prior study of Persian, a placement exam is offered by the USC Language Center to determine language level. If student proficiency surpasses the third-semester college level, the USC Language Center should be consulted about a higher level proficiency exam.
At least one course (4 units) of the three additional courses (12 units) must be selected from the upper-division Iranian Studies Initiative courses. The other two (8 units) may be chosen from the upper-division Iranian Studies Initiative courses or the upper-division Middle East Studies courses listed below.
A special accommodation is in place for majors in the School of International Relations who minor in Iranian Studies. Courses that are cross-listed between MDES and IR can satisfy the four unique courses (at least 16 units) that must be completed outside of their major department for this interdisciplinary minor. Students will still be required, however, to complete at least four courses (16 units) that are unique to the minor (not required to meet major course requirements).