Persian Studies at the University of Texas at Austin is a comprehensive program of Persian language and literature at all levels. The program serves undergraduate students fulfilling university foreign language requirements and majoring and minoring in Islamic Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Middle Eastern Languages & Cultures. The University of Texas Persian Program also serves graduate students concentrating or minoring in Persian in degree programs in Comparative Literature, History, Government, Linguistics, Asian Studies, and Middle Eastern Studies.
The Persian Studies program has a primary focus on the 19th and 20th centuries with special attention to the post-World War II period. Pre-modern language and literature receive attention as well, for example such classical literary works as Ferdowsi's Shâhnâmeh, Sa'di's Golestân, and Hâfez's Divân, studied as requisite background to the appreciation of contemporary Persian literature and Iranian culture.