Linguistics is the scientific study of language and is one of the sciences recognized by the American Academy of Sciences. Linguists regularly apply for and are granted research funds by the National Science Foundation. In virtually any major university or college, a student can major in linguistics and many major universities grant a PhD degree in linguistics. There are academic associations and peer-reviewed professional journals within the field of linguistics. Similarly, sociolinguistics is an established branch of linguistics with peer-reviewed professional journals. Linguistics is a well-known science, and there are scores if not hundreds of professional peer-reviewed journals.