Linguistics at Columbia once was lost, and now is found (sorta). Once one of the strongest departments in the country, the Linguistics faculty ceases to exist. A special concentration in the discipline has been revived for students, howvever, mostly by members of the Slavic Languages faculty.
Recently, the Committee on Instruction (COI), which is the faculty committee that oversees major approvals, has approved more independent majors in linguistics than ever before, citing the lack of departmental resources and high interest among the student body as motivation. It is recommended that students who want to declare an independent major in Linguistics pair their study with a related field, such as Computer Science, Anthropology, Psychology, or Sociology.