A job title is only capitalized when it immediately precedes a person’s name. If the title follows the name or stands alone, it is not capitalized:
Student Life Coordinator Emily Cox organized the event. Emily Cox, student life coordinator, organized the event.
Associate Professor of Journalism Sonny Rhodes led a panel discussion. Sonny Rhodes, a journalism professor, led a 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 10 faculty members. She works for the criminal justice department at UALR.
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.
The event will be held at the Ted and Virginia Bailey Alumni and Friends Center. If you’d like to reserve the Bailey Center for an event, contact Linda Martin.
The Calvin R. Ledbetter Jr. Assembly Hall is located in the Donaghey Student Center. Ledbetter Hall is located in the DSC.
Do not capitalize majors, programs, or concentrations unless they are a “brand name” or a standalone proper noun.
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: After enrolling in Designing with New Technologies, he wanted to take more art classes.
Capitalize the formal names of standardized tests. Examples: ACT, GRE, Test of English as a Foreign Language
Lowercase fall, winter, spring, and summer unless referring to a formal name:
The spring semester begins in January.
The Winter Olympics will be held in Sochi.
Many vendors will be available during the Fall Career Fair.
Place commas inside quotation marks.
Example: “A new season is beginning today,” UALR Chancellor Joel E. Anderson said. “Little Rock is now poised to serve as a national model for improving educational and developmental outcomes for children in high-poverty neighborhoods.”
UALR Style adheres to the serial comma. (This is an exception to AP Style.) When using commas in a series, a comma is placed before the “and.”
Example: Chancellor Anderson greeted faculty, staff, students, and guests to the event.
Names followed by Jr., Sr., or a roman numeral do not have a comma after the last name:
Examples: Martin Luther King Jr., Waldo Aloysius Johnston III
Capitalize the first word and proper nouns only.