Academic Courses

Course numbers should be listed as follows: BI 501, UM 502 and so on. The department code is set in capital letters with a space between the department code and course number.

Academic degrees

Do not capitalize the names of degrees unless a proper noun. The preferred form is to avoid an abbreviation and use instead a phrase. In faculty profiles or lists, use abbreviated form.
  • master’s degree (possessive)
  • Master of Arts (not possessive)
  • master of business administration (not possessive)
  • M.B.A. (with periods)
  • bachelor's degree in English
  • John Jones has a doctorate in psychology
  • B.S., North Dakota University; M.Div., Dallas Seminary

Academic departments

Use lowercase except for words that are proper nouns or adjectives. Do not capitalize office or department unless part of a formal name. Generally, opt for the less formal style.
  • the library, Crowell Library
  • The Office of the President
  • Student Services department, Financial Aid office
  • Music department, English department

Academic majors

Individual majors are listed as follows: English major, Music major and so on. Please note the hyphenation of the following phrase: Non-communications major.

Academic and professional titles

Capitalize when preceding a name; use lowercase elsewhere
  • department Chairman Jim Smith
  • Jim Smith, chairman and professor of Educational Ministries