The Hamid and Christina Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies falls under the division of Stanford Global Studies (SGS). As a part of SGS, the Iranian Studies Program, with support from the Bita Daryabari Endowment in Persian Studies, is pleased to offer a Minor in Global Studies with a specialization in Iranian Studies.
The minor in Global Studies with a specialization in Iran offers an interdisciplinary exploration of the country’s history, politics, and culture. A pivotal country in the critical region of the Middle East, the minor focuses on the study of modern Iran and prepares students for careers in policy, government, business, research, teaching, and more. Students explore the rich and complex history of Iran and its diaspora by taking courses from disciplines such as history, political science, international relations, art history, religious studies, comparative literature, cinema, theater, and language.
What is Global Studies?
Global studies encompasses the insights and knowledge base of area studies: the interdisciplinary study of world regions and their intersecting cultures, languages, history, politics, and societies. Global studies advances this concept further by applying multi-disciplinary knowledge, from human biology and earth sciences to music and engineering, to better understand the character of world regions, their respective developmental trajectories, and the way those trajectories fit within the larger context of globalization.
Why Study Iran?
- Examine a pivotal country in the critical region of the Middle East.
- Prepare for careers in policy, government, business, research, and teaching.
- Learn Persian—the language of poets like Rumi.
Students pursuing a Minor in Global Studies with a specialization in Iranian Studies must satisfy the following requirements during their undergraduate career at Stanford:
- Completion of 28 units that includes GLOBAL 101: Critical Issues in Global Affairs (3 units).
- Completion of at least 25 units of Iranian Studies-related courses.
- Fifteen (15) units must be from the list of Core courses. The remaining 10 units can be chosen from the list of approved elective courses.
- Completion of one area-specific entry course that deals with Iran and the Middle East. This could be History 106B with permission of the Director
- At least 10 of the 25 units need to be completed at the home campus; the remaining 15 units could be completed in an approved study abroad program.
- Successful completion of two quarters of Persian language, or proven proficiency in the language.
- A capstone research project for up to 5 units. The project offers students enrolled in the specialization the option to conduct a major independent research paper related to Iran under faculty guidance. Students will present their work in an end-of-year Capstone Seminar with other SGS minors and led by SGS faculty.
How to declare a minor in Global Studies with a specialization in Iranian Studies
To declare the Global Studies minor with an Iranian Studies specialization, students must:
1. Set an appointment with Roma Parhad, Iranian Studies Program Manager, to discuss your academic plan.
2. Declare the Global Studies minor in Axess.
3. Complete the Declaration or Change of Undergraduate Major, Minor, Honors, or Degree Program form in order to declare the Iranian Studies specialization. Submit the form to Roma Parhad in Encina Hall West, 211.
Please note, courses for this minor cannot be double-counted towards a major or other minor.
Certificate in Iranian Studies
The Hamid and Christina Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies also offers an interdisciplinary Certificate Program in Iranian Studies. Upon graduation, qualified students will receive an official certificate. This Certificate Program is available to all Stanford Undergraduates from any major.
Requirements for the Certificate
Students participating in the Iranian Studies Certificate Program must satisfy the following requirements during their undergraduate career at Stanford:
Taking a total of 25 units of Iran-related courses. 15 units must be from the list of Core courses. The remaining 10 units can be chosen from the list of approved elective courses.
Having at least two quarters’ exposure of Persian Language, or proven proficiency in the language.
A minimum 25-page research paper, with a focus on Iran. This paper may be an extension of a previous paper written for an Iranian Studies course.
Students may double-count courses applied toward their major or additional studies.
How to declare a Certificate in Iranian Studies
Students intending to complete the certificate program in Iranian Studies should contact Roma Parhad, the Program Manager of the Iranian Studies Program, or stop by the Iranian Studies Program office located in Room 211, Encina Hall West, for further information. For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Stanford Global Studies is a Division of Stanford’s School of Humanities and Sciences that fosters education and research in international and area studies in the School and in the university as a whole. Its mission is to promote the study and understanding of world affairs among Stanford students, faculty, and staff. Visit the Global Studies Minor page to view all specializations available.