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Labor and Workplace Studies
Latin American Studies
Law
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies
Library Service
Life Sciences
Linguistics

Labor and Workplace Studies
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Latin American Studies
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Law
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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies
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Library Service
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Life Sciences
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Linguistics
The Department began as an interdepartmental program in 1960. For the first two years only an MA was offered. A doctoral program was approved and implemented in 1962 and a bachelor's program in 1965. In 1963, the Center for Research in Languages and Linguistics was founded. The Center provided a reading room, administrative services, and a sense of unity for the fledgling linguistics program. The members of the first class of doctoral students founded the Graduate Linguistics Circle, the organization of graduate students which continues to this day to provide vitality to the Department.

On July 1, 1966, in a sort of Phoenix relation to the Center for Research in Languages and Linguistics, the Department of Linguistics officially came into being and the Center was phased out. It was through the Center that the 1966 Linguistic Institute was organized and administered.

The physical life of the Department began with the administrative office and the
Reading Room in the Graduate School of Management, the Phonetics Laboratory in Rolfe Hall, the African language section in Royce Hall, and faculty offices scattered about the campus. In 1973 the Department moved to its first consolidated quarters on the second floor of Campbell Hall, with the Phonetics Laboratory expanding to occupy space both in Rolfe and the basement of Campbell. The Department occupied these "temporary" quarters for the next 18 years, finally moving in its twenty-fifth year of existence into entirely renovated quarters, with all offices, laboratories, and communal areas in contiguous space on the second and third floors of Campbell Hall.

From its earliest days the Department was recognized as one of the most distinguished in the world in most areas of theoretical linguistics as well as in the African, American Indian, South and East Asian, and Pacific language areas. The Phonetics Laboratory is internationally recognized as a major center for the experimental study of linguistic phonetics. In 1970, the UCLA Linguistics Department was ranked second (tied with Texas) in a national survey by the American Council of Education. The Department again achieved this ranking in 1980 in a national survey of undergraduate programs.

Serving as chairs of the Interdepartmental Program were Harry Hoijer (1960-1963), William O. Bright (1963-1964), and Robert P. Stockwell (1964-1966). Jaan Puhvel served as the director of the Center for Research in Languages and Linguistics from 1963 to 1967. Departmental Chairs of Linguistics: Robert P. Stockwell 1966-1970; 1971-1973; 1980-1985; Victoria A. Fromkin 1970-1971; 1973-1977; Peter N. Ladefoged 1977-1980; Paul M. Schachter 1985-1988; Russell G. Schuh 1989-1993; Tim Stowell 1994-1998. Edward L. Keenan began his term as departmental chair in 1998. From 1965-1991, UCLA's Department of Linguistics awarded 818 Bachelor of Art degrees, 278 Masters, and 182 Ph.Ds. source

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