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Master Program in

Regional Studies- Iranian Studies

Introduction:

The MA in Regional Studies- Iranian Studies is designed for those wishing to focus on a social science approach to Iranian culture, arts, literature, media, society, politics and economy. This course is suitable for National and international NGOs, government service employees seeking in depth knowledge about Iran, media professionals, international students seeking a career in government, media, NGOs, finance, diplomacy as well as willing to act as a future diplomate in relation to Iran.

Curriculum

The Master of Regional Studies- Iranian Studies requires completion of 32 credits, with 10 credits in the core courses, 8 credits of specialty courses and 8 credits of elective courses. The program requires completion of a thesis of 6 credits. Admitted students with a different undergraduate degree are also required to complete a few credits of leveling courses which prepare such students for success in the Master of Regional Studies- Iranian Studies, these courses do not count toward the degree. Students must write and defend a final thesis. The curriculum is intended to be completed in four semesters. This program is taught in English.
A minimum GPA of 14 over 20 must be maintained for graduation.
Leveling Courses (not applicable to degree)
The students admitted for Masters in Regional Studies- Iranian will be required to complete 6 credits chosen among the following leveling courses that are designed to provide a back ground for the Master courses.  These leveling courses are not counted for graduate credit towards the Master in Regional Studies- Iranian Studies degree.

 

Leveling Courses: 3 courses maybe required; 6 credits


Course

Units

Hours

Persian language 1

2

32

Persian language 2

2

32

Iran and Islam

2

32

General history of Iran

2

32

Economic history of Iran

2

32

Cultural Anthropology in Iran

2

32

Core Courses: 5 courses required; 10 credits

Course

Units

Hours

Research Methodology

1+1

16+32

International politics

2

32

Islamic revolution of Iran

2

32

Globalism and regionalism in international relations

2

32

Introduction to Shi’a studies

2

32

Specialty Courses: 4 courses required; 8 credits


Course

Units

Hours

Politics and governance in Iran

2

32

Contemporary history of Iran

2

32

Political geography of Iran

2

32

Iranian culture and society

2

32

Elective Courses: 4 courses required; 8 credits


Course

Units

Hours

Iran and international and regional organizations

2

32

Iranian subnational groups and their traditions

2

32

Political economy of Iran

2

32

Economy of energy and natural resources in Iran

2

32

Iran and Middle East

2

32

Iran and the world powers

2

32

Thesis: 6 credits


The research work for the thesis is supervised by one of the department member. The thesis must be written and defended within the second calendar years after admission into the M.A. in Regional Studies- Iranian Studies. The Thesis Committee will consist of a Chair and at least two other academic referees.

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