The Department of Linguistics' doctoral program has over 20 faculty and 30 graduate students. The program provides a broad-based approach to linguistics as a cognitive and a social science, and is particularly distinctive in its interdisciplinary perspective, capitalizing on the University of Michigan's commitment to scholarship that cross-cuts traditional disciplinary boundaries. In the 60-year history of U-M's Program, and then Department, of Linguistics, roughly 300 Ph.D.'s in Linguistics have been awarded.