Welcome to the Program

Reliefs depicting representatives of the 28 nations of the Persian Empire

Welcome to the Persian Program at UCI!

Languages are becoming increasingly important.  People with foreign language skills will definitely have the edge in the global economy of the 21st century. No matter what career you choose, if you’ve learned a second language (especially a critical one like Persian), you will have a real advantage. An employer will see you as a bridge to
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 Persepolis, Ancient Capital of Persian -Achaemenid- Empire, near Shiraz, Iran

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Persian Studies at UCI

Ancient Persian Map

The Persian Studies Minor

Persian at UCI allows students of all backgrounds to learn about Iranian, Afghan and Central Asia history, the Iranian religious tradition, Persian literature, and the Persianate World.

Samuel Jordan Center for Persian Studies

The Samuel Jordan Center for Persian Studies and Culture, originally established by the School of Humanities in collaboration with the Claire Trevor School of the Arts, became a campus center in January 2009. Dedicated to drawing on the strengths of the entire UC Irvine campus, the Center focuses on interdisciplinary research projects that bridge the arts, humanities, engineering, medicine, and the sciences.