Persian is one of many world languages taught at De Anza. Our course offerings in Persian have been limited by enrollment and student interest. However, we are offering Persian 1 in fall 2022 and hope to rebuild interest and enrollment in this important language program.

Registering as early as you can will be the key to sustaining a strong Persian language program at De Anza College. 

Understanding Prerequisites

Each course in Persian is designed to prepare you for the next one: Most students should take PERS 1 before PERS 2, and PERS 2 before PERS 3. These are called prerequisites.

If you already speak some Persian, or studied Persian in high school or another college, you may be eligible to skip one or more classes in the sequence. This is called clearing a prerequisite. You must follow the clearance process so that we can accurately assess your ability – and support your success!

In general:

  • One year of high school language instruction is equivalent to one quarter at De Anza. For example, if you took Persian 1 in high school, you may be eligible to start with Persian 2 at De Anza.
  • If it's been more than a year since you completed your previous language course, or if you learned Persian outside a traditional classroom, you may be required to take an assessment to determine which class you should take at De Anza. (This assessment is not for certification or for satisfying GE requirements.)
  • If you skip one or more levels at De Anza, you will not receive college credit on your transcript for the courses you skipped.

Visit the World Languages Prerequsite Clearance webpage for detailed instructions and a link to the required form for requesting a prerequisite clearance.


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