Persian language class to be offered online in the Fall

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Karin Mackenzie, (808) 956-4051
College of Languages, Linguistics & Literature
Posted: Jun 25, 2015

Miniature painting from Isfahan. Photo by Maseeh Ganjali
Miniature painting from Isfahan. Photo by Maseeh Ganjali

Beginning Fall 2015, Persian language will be offered as an online course for the first time at UH Mānoa. PERS 101 is designed for distance learning, attracting learners who do not have Persian instruction at their universities. The class is also the result of demand by students whose schedules don’t permit traditional classroom learning.

The Persian Language, Linguistics and Culture Program is an exciting initiative made possible by a grant from, and in partnership with, the Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute. Its generous support also provides for several graduate student fellowships that cover costs such as tuition, books, fees and research travel.

There are many valuable and practical reasons to study Persian language. Persian is the official and national language of Iran, and standard Modern Persian is spoken in Tehran, the capital of Iran. Persian language belongs to the West Iranian language group, a subgrouping of Indo-Iranian languages, which is part of the Indo-European language family. The two dialects of Persian are Tajiki and Dari, which are spoken in Tajikistan and Afghanistan, respectively.

Persian is the language of one of the world’s most prolific cultures and powerful empires. With more than 2,500 years of civilization and literature, Persian culture is renowned for its contributions to literature, the visual arts, world history, film and the sciences.

For more information, please contact Dr. Ladan Hamedani at or (808) 956-3552.  See the website at

The College of Languages, Linguistics & Literature (one of the four Arts & Sciences colleges) of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa offers a broad curriculum in English, foreign and heritage languages and literatures, second language studies, and linguistics. Its Asia and Pacific focused curricula is unique in the nation. The faculty regularly teaches more than 25 languages, and has the capacity to teach many more.

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