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Persian (Farsi)

Courses Offered

  • Persian 1: PERS 0101 (Formerly LING 0421)
  • Persian 2: PERS 0102 (Formerly LING 0422)
  • Persian 3: PERS 0103 (Formerly LING 0423)
  • Persian 4: PERS 0104 (Formerly LING 0424)
  • Persian 5: PERS 1901 (Independent Study - please contact instructor for permission number)
  • Persian 6: PERS 1901 (Independent Study - please contact instructor for permission number)


Shukuh Ghaznavi

Shukuh Ghaznavi has taught Persian since 2008 at the University of Pittsburgh. Born and raised in Iran, Shukuh focused her training on addressing the country-wide literacy problems of Iran. Later, she taught high school in Sabzevar, a town in northeastern Iran. She graduated from Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, and worked for several years at NISCO in Iran. At the core of her work is her passion to share her knowledge and study of the Persian culture with young people. In an ever-growing global community, she deeply believes in the importance of teaching young people the linguistic and communication skills required to become knowledgeable and proud global citizens.

About Persian

The Persian Program at the University of Pittsburgh is committed to training the next generation of Persian language speakers. Students in the program have the opportunity to study up to six levels of Persian language including training in oral, reading, written and cultural skills to fulfill their language requirement.

Persian is one of the most important languages of the Middle East and Central Asia. It is known as Farsi in Iran, Dari in Afghanistan and Tajik in Tajikistan. Categorized in the family of Indo-European languages such as English, French and German, the Persian language is one of the oldest languages in the world. Proficient Persian speakers are in high demand in a wide range of careers including government, international business, security, military, international law, engineering, language instruction, journalism and international diplomacy. Persian speakers can also be found in Uzbekistan, Bahrain, Iraq, Oman, Republic of Yemen, the United Emirates and every major city in the western world.

Did You Know?

  • Persian formal grammar is exceptionally simple! There is no capitalization, no grammatical gender, and no irregular verb conjugation in Persian.

  • Persian language has been written with a different script during each of the three major periods in Iranian history. Modern Persian in Iran and Afghanistan uses a modified Arabic script. Persian in Tajikistan is written using the Cyrillic alphabet.

  • Iranian poets like Rumi and Khayyam are world renowned. The poetry of Saadi is inscribed on the entrance of the United Nations.

  • Iran is home to some of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited population centers, with settlements dating back to 4000 BC.

  • Iran is one of the world’s largest producers of caviar, pistachios, and saffron.

Scholarship Opportunities for Students of Persian (undergraduate and graduate)

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