The PhD program in Persian and Iranian Studies at the University of Arizona offers a rigorous interdisciplinary curriculum. PhD students can focus on a) modern or classical Persian literature and culture or b) Iranian (or other Persian speaking societies') history, religion, social organization, and politics. They also engage in a critical examination of contemporary ideas and methodologies in the field of Persian and Iranian Studies.
The Graduate College sponsors several Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs (GIDPs) in addition to the many interdisciplinary possibilities available through regular graduate degree programs. GIDPs transcend departmental boundaries by facilitating cutting edge teaching and research at the nexus of traditional disciplines. The high value placed on interdisciplinary research and education is indicative of The University of Arizona's enthusiasm and commitment to fostering innovation and creativity among its faculty and students.
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The Graduate Interdisciplinary Program in Persian and Iranian Studies awards financial aid on a competitive basis. Meritorious factors include demonstrated excellence in academics including GPA, progress in the program (for current students), test scores (for incoming students), publication, and professional experience such as a previous assistantship or other Middle East-related experience. Most funding is awarded in the fall for the academic year, therefore students entering the program in the spring have a minimal opportunity for departmental support. Many of our students also receive academic year and summer FLAS (Foreign Language Area Studies) scholarships through the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES). Comprehensive information on FLAS awards may be obtained by visiting the CMES web site. Listed below are the types of financial aid awarded by the Department.
Complete only ONE Financial Aid Application (due first Monday in Feb) to request the following types of support:
The following awards require separate applications:
*Applications must be paid for and submitted by the close of business on January 3rd .
*Applications must be paid for and submitted by the close of business on January 3rd.
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
PhD in Persian and Iranian Studies
The PHD in Persian and Iranian Studies will consist of 36 units of major coursework, 9 units of minor coursework, and 18 dissertation units. These courses can be from other departments including MENAS, Anthropology, English, History, SLAT, Linguistics, etc.
All PhD candidates will be required to take four core courses (12 units), one colloquia (3 units), two seminars (6 units), one research methods course (3 units), five to seven elective courses selected in consultation with the candidate’s major advisor (15-21 units with 9 units qualifying as the candidate’s minor), and demonstrate a fourth-year Persian language proficiency, which may include taking 6 units in Persian language courses.
Core Courses (12 units total) from:
Colloquium Course (3 units):
Seminar options: Students are required to take two courses (6 units) at the graduate level that cover Persian literature, history, or culture to be chosen in consultation with their faculty advisor.
Method options (choose 1; 3 units total):
Electives Options (choose 5-7; 15-21 units total with 9 units qualifying as the candidate's minor). Electives should be chosen in consolatation with the major advisor. They may involve methedological training in any department, or further courses directly related to Iran, the Persianate world, or the Middle East. Below is a list of possible elective courses (all 3 units unless otherwise noted); other courses may be used as electives with approval from the Director of Graduate Studies.
Academic Organization: Anthropology
Academic Organization: English
Academic Organization: History
Academic Organization: Linguistics
Academic Organization: Middle East and North African Studies
Academic Organization: Persian
Academic Organization: SLAT
Persian Language Proficiency - Fourth Year Proficiency (complete proficiency assessment or take these 2 courses; 0-6 units total):
European Language Proficiency:
One European language are required for the doctorate. Reading proficiency in the European language must be demonstrated by transcripts verifying completion of intermediate-level coursework in French or German (or other language of scholarship approved by the advisor), or by completing German 500 or French 502. All foreign language requirements must be satisfied before taking the Comprehensive Examination.
PhD students must complete a minor in a field of their choice. Up to 9 units of minor coursework will count as electives.
Please refer to the Graduate Student Handbook for students who are pursuing this program of study.