Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies


Persian Studies at the University of Texas is a comprehensive program of Persian language and literature at all levels. The Department of Middle Eastern Studies offers master’s and doctoral programs in Persian studies, and also serves graduate students concentrating in Persian in degree programs in comparative literature, linguistics, and Middle Eastern studies.

The Persian studies program at UT has a primary focus on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries with special attention to the post-World War II period. Pre-modern language and literature receive attention as well. Such classical literary works as Ferdowsi's Shâhnâmeh, Sa'di's Golestân, and Hâfez's Divân are studied as requisite background to the appreciation of contemporary Persian literature and Iranian culture.

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    The University of Texas at Austin
    204 W 21st Street Stop F9400
    Calhoun Hall (CAL) 528
    Austin, TX 78712