A job title is only capitalized when it immediately precedes a personâ€™s name. If the title follows the name or stands alone, it is not capitalized:
Dean of Students Preston Slayden organized the event.
Preston Slayden, dean of students, organized the event.
Dean Slayden organized the event.
The dean organized the event.
Assistant Professor of Journalism Sonny Rhodes led the panel discussion.
Sonny Rhodes, a journalism professor, led the panel discussion.
Departments, Offices, Committees, and Boards
Capitalize the formal names of departments, offices, committees, boards, and institutions, but do not capitalize informal names:
The Department of Criminal Justice is composed of ten faculty members.
She works for the criminal justice department at UALR.
The department is developing a fundraising campaign.
The Office of Campus Life is organizing that event.
You can pick up materials from the campus life office.
Buildings and Places
The names of buildings or rooms that include proper names are capitalized in the full and short length:
The event will be held at the Ted and Virginia Bailey Alumni Center.
If youâ€™d like to reserve the Bailey Center for an event, contact Linda Martin.
The center is located on the UALR campus.
The Calvin R. Ledbetter Jr. Assembly Hall is located in the DSC.
Ledbetter Hall is located in the DSC.
The assembly hall is located in the DSC.
Coleman Creek runs the entire length of the campus.
Do not capitalize majors, programs, or concentrations unless they are a â€śbrand nameâ€ť or a standalone proper noun. Example:
Example:She was a history major, but she studied Spanish and traveled abroad through the Donaghey Scholars Program.
Capitalize the formal names of courses. Example:
Example:After enrolling in Designing with New Technologies, he knew he wanted to take more art classes.
Capitalize the formal names of standardized tests: Examples:
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
Lowercase fall, winter, spring, and summer unless referring to a formal name: Examples:
The spring semester begins in January.
The Summer Olympics will be held in Beijing.
Many vendors will be available during the Fall Career Fair.