Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

Online Persian

PRS 329: Iranian History & Historians 

May 25 - August 10, 2016

Persian script with laptop


Kamran Scot Aghaie
Associate Professor of Islamic & Iranian History
Chair, Department of Middle Eastern Studies

Course description

This course, taught entirely in Persian, aims to introduce students to major trends in Iran's modern history and Historiography. This innovative content-based program aims to push students toward advanced- and superior-level proficiency in Persian (on the ACTFL scale) through a combination of proficiency-based communicative language instruction and discipline-based conent on Iranian history and historians. Students will gather in a "virtual classroom" and work in small groups and pairs, and they will receive individualized attention just as they would in a normal language class. The course will help students build a vocabulary base and repertoire of useful expressions, so that by the end of the course, they feel confident using the language in a variety of contexts.


This course runs from May 25 through August 10, 2016.  

Classes will be held on Wednesdays and Fridays at the following times: 

Central (US), 4 - 6 PM
Eastern (US), 5 - 7 PM
Mountain (US), 3 - 5 PM
Pacific (US), 2 - 4 PM

Who should apply?

We welcome applications from students and working professionals, UT affiliates and non-UT affiliates. Students' skills should be in the intermediate level at the beginning of the program. Informal OPI tests will be conducted at the beginning and end of the program. Heritage learners whose language skill levels are appropriate for this program are encouraged to apply.

The program is not open to native speakers who were educated in Persian, or who are fluent or near-fluent native speakers.

I'm not in the United States. Can I still apply?

Yes! In the past we have had students from the UK and Australia enroll.

What sort of credit do I get for this course?

Students will receive three hours of credit through UT Extension.

What are the technology requirements?

Personal Computer (Windows or Macintosh) with:

  • Sound card
  • Good quality headphones with microphone capability (note: earbuds with microphones generally do not provide high enough quality. We have a list of inexpensive headsets to recommend).
  • Webcam (the better the quality, the clearer your video stream will be)
  • Internet connection (Broadband/Ethernet; Wi Fi is usually too slow)
  • 1.4GHz Intel® Pentium® 4 or faster processor (or equivalent) for Microsoft® Windows® XP, Windows 7 or Windows 8
  • Windows 8.1 (32-bit/64-bit), Windows 8 (32-bit/64-bit), Windows 7 (32-bit/64-bit), Windows XP
  • 512MB of RAM (1GB recommended) for Windows XP, Windows 7 or Windows 8
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 8, 9, 10, 11; Mozilla Firefox; Google Chrome
  • Adobe® Flash® Player 11.2+

Mac OS

  • 1.83GHz Intel Core™ Duo or faster processor
  • 512MB of RAM (1GB recommended)
  • Mac OS X 10.7.4, 10.8, 10.9
  • Mozilla Firefox; Apple Safari; Google Chrome
  • Adobe Flash Player 11.2+

Some Linux operating systems are supported - please contact us for more information.


The tuition for this course is $600. 


Priority application deadline: March 7, 2016

Final application deadline: April 18, 2016

Tuition deadline: May 18, 2016


The online application can be found here.

Before You Begin Your Application

You cannot save an application once it has been started. Please do the following before you begin:

  1. All applicants should have a University of Texas Electronic ID (EID). If you don't have an EID or have forgotten it, go here first. Remember your EID and password, as you will need it for all class activities!
  2. Have the following materials ready to upload: statement of purpose (up to 500 words), and transcrlpt(s).

All documents must be uploaded as PDFs. Please do not include a dash (" - ") in the file name; this will prevent the PDF from uploading properly.

Please name your PDFs as follows:

Smith, Jane TRANSCRlPT #1

Smith, Jane TRANSCRlPT #2 (If applicable, applicants may submit more than one transcrlpt)


UT students may submit an academic summary from the Office of the Registrar to document UT coursework, but should also submit transcripts from any other colleges or universities attended.

Notable dates

3/28/16, Notifications of priority admissions
5/09/16, Notifications of final admissions
5/25/16, Class begins

Refund schedule

Official withdrawal prior to the first class day = 100% refunded
Official withdrawal prior to 5/27/16 = 75% refunded
Official withdrawal prior to 06/01/16  = 50% refunded
Official withdrawal on or after 06/01/16 = No refund

For questions, please contact

Cameron Ford,

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