Linguistics faculty have been present in various departments at Rice since the early 1960's, and the B.A. program in Linguistics was established in 1968. In the 60's and 70's, Ph.D.s in the Linguistics of particular languages and cultural groups were awarded through the language departments and Anthropology. In 1982, the Department of Linguistics was officially founded, with the concurrent establishment of the Ph.D. program. Since then, graduates from the department have successfullly gone on to careers in linguistics and related areas. The current rigorous intellectual climate, coupled with high-powered faculty and students pursuing cutting-edge research in a diverse variety of areas, ensures that Rice Linguistics will remain a vibrant community of scholars and a world-class department for years to come.