Capitalization

In General

Career Readiness Style Guide
Contains capitalization and spelling preferences for terms related to CLA's Career Readiness Initiative

See the Career Readiness Style Guide

  • For CLA & CLA departments, capitalize: only when using the full official name of the unit, abbreviations, or to prevent contextual confusion (College of Liberal Arts, the college; Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies, classical and Near Eastern studies department, the department; Committee on Student Scholastic Standing, student scholastic standing committee, the committee)

  • In article titles, use upper and lower case style, capping all words with 4 or more letters, e.g., “In Praise of the Department of Long Nomenclature About Which Many Lovely Things May Be Said.”

  • Do not capitalize generic terms (Twin Cities campus, fall 2017, spring semester)

CLA & CLA Departments

  • Capitalize CLA departments only when using the full official name of the unit or abbreviations or to prevent contextual confusion (College of Liberal Arts, the college; Department of History, the history department, history graduate program;

  • Capitalize all letters in course designator abbreviations (ANTH 1301, JOUR 1001, DES 1201)

    • With description: HIST 1011W - Civilization and the Environment: World History to 1500

  • Capitalize initial words in course titles, do not capitalize fields of study (Electronic Photojournalism, physics)

Important Words

  • Groups, organizations, committees, programs, places (McKnight Land-Grant Professorship program, CLA Student Board, a number of CLA student groups)

  • Capitalize the second term in a hyphenated compound, headline capping (Policy Analysis Sub-Plan)

  • Do not capitalize generic terms (academic advisor, committee, scholarship) or descriptive words (district, undergraduate) unless used as part of the official group, job title, or scholarship name

  • Do not capitalize web terms (web, not Web; internet, not Internet)

    • Capitalize World Wide Web

  • Specific acts or bills (Civil Rights Act, the act, the bill)

University of Minnesota Capitalization Rules

  • Capitalize University when it pertains to UMN specifically

  • Capitalize colleges, divisions, departments, and committees when using the full official name of the unit or abbreviations or to prevent contextual confusion (Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication, special programs office)