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Editorial Style Guidelines: Departments, programs and majors/minors

In general, the names of academic departments, programs, majors and minors should appear lowercase (e.g., mathematics department, criminal justice) UNLESS the name includes a proper noun (e.g., English department, Latin American studies).

The listing below is not complete; rather, the following department/program/major/minor names are those for which style errors most frequently occur:

American Indian studies

art & design

business communication

communication and journalism

communication sciences and disorders

environmental public health

languages (not foreign languages)

geography and anthropology

philosophy and religious studies


women's studies