Iranian Studies

Picture of an Iranian painting showing two women dancing.
Artist: Ibrahim Jabbar-Beik

About Iranian Studies at UCSB

Academic courses in Iranian Studies are offered in the following departments at UCSB:

The Minor

Requirements for the Minor in Iranian Studies are available on the General Catalog page.

For more information about the minor, please contact Dr. Janet Afary (

Iranian Studies Initiative

The Iranian Studies Initiative (ISI) is a resource center devoted to the research, teaching, and dissemination of Iranian and Persian language, history and culture. It is not an academic department and does not offer academic degrees.

The Iranian Studies Initiative (ISI) was established in 2010 with support form the Duncan and Suzanne Mellichamp Endowment in Global Religion and Modernity in collaboration with the Department of Religious Studies and the Center for Middle East Studies. The Iranian Studies organizes annual lectures, symposia, film presentations and occasional conferences. In collaboration with the Middle East Ensemble in the Department of Music at UC Santa Barbara.