Near Eastern Languages and Cultures / Undergraduate Study

Iranian Studies BA

Students majoring in Iranian Studies may combine the major with specialization in other fields to enhance their career opportunities. Due to the number of additional courses required, they are advised to consider this option early in their academic career.

Learning Outcomes

The Iranian Studies major has the following learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrated written and oral mastery of Persian language
  • Demonstrated specific skills and expertise, including research, analysis, and writing
  • Ability to read texts in Arabic and analyze the language and cultural context
  • Identification, evaluation, and analysis of historical monuments, periods in time, vocabulary, concepts, and historical figures

Preparation for the Major

Required: Iranian 1A, 1B, 1C, or equivalent.

Transfer Students

Transfer applicants to the Iranian Studies major with 90 or more units must complete the following introductory courses prior to admission to UCLA: one year of Persian.

Refer to the UCLA transfer admission guide for up-to-date information regarding transfer selection for admission.

The Major

Required: Eleven courses, including seven in Iranian language and civilization selected from Ancient Near East CM163, Iranian 102A, 102B, 102C, 103A, 103B, 103C, M110A, M110B, M110C, 120, 140, 141, 142, 161A, 161B, 161C, 170 (at least three of the seven must be selected from Iranian 102A, 102B, 102C, 103A, 103B, 103C, 120, 140, 141, 142) and four elective courses from the department or from Art History 119A, 119B, C120, History 105A, 105B, 105C, Political Science 157. A maximum of two Iranian 197 or 199 courses (8 units total) may be applied toward the major.