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The Department of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies offers six semesters of Persian language:

  • PRSN 101, Elementary Persian I (fall only)
  • PRSN 102, Elementary Persian II (spring only)
  • PRSN 203, Intermediate Persian I (fall only)
  • PRSN 204, Intermediate Persian II (spring only)
  • PRSN 305, Persian Short Stories (every other spring)
  • PRSN 306, Persian Language through Literature, Film, & Media (every other spring)

The classes available in fall 2023 are PRSN 101 and PRSN 203.  In spring 2024, we plan to offer PRSN 102, PRSN 204, and PRSN 305.  The two third-year classes, PRSN 305 & 306, are offered in spring semester of alternate years and can be taken in either order.

For a complete listing of Persian courses and course descriptions, consult

If you’re a beginner (no previous knowledge of Persian), register for any section of PRSN 101. Note that this class will not be offered in spring semester.

If you have prior knowledge of Persian and want to take Persian, you must take a placement test. This is true for everyone, regardless of how you learned Persian (in high school, at home, etc.) and regardless of any test credit or transfer credit you may have. Please go to to sign up for the placement test.

If you think you should be in second-year Persian, you are welcome to register for PRSN 203 (though you will have to drop it if you don’t place into that level when you take the placement test).

If you have trouble getting into the Persian class you want, please refer to the information and help in this registration FAQ:, or contact Lori Harris at