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Capitalization and Titles

Follow standard rules of capitalization for sentences.

Always capitalize The when using the full name of the University.

The University of Texas at Arlington

On second reference, use UTA. When referring to UTA, the word University is capitalized even when used alone. Do not capitalize university when referring to universities in general.

Mary, a UTA graduate, has fond memories of the University.
A public university offers an affordable education.

When referring to Strategic Plan (full name), please use a pipe separator and link to the website.

Strategic Plan 2020 Bold Solutions | Global Impact

Always capitalize The when using the full name of the UT System.

The University of Texas System

When referring to the UT System on second reference, the word System is capitalized even when used alone. Do not capitalize system when referring to systems in general.

UTA is part of the UT System. The System features nine academic universities and six health institutions.
Public university systems offer excellent educational opportunities.

Capitalize an official name but not part of a name.

Department of Mathematics but the department
Faculty Senate but the senate
Commencement Committee but the committee
Board of Regents but the board
College of Nursing and Health Innovation but the college
Student Congress but the congress

Use capital letters for committee names, organization names, endowed chairs, centers, institutes, etc. Always use the full name on first reference. An official shortened version may be used on second reference.

Robert A. Welch Chair in Chemistry can be Welch Chair
E.H. Hereford University Center can be University Center

Use capital letters for a course of study or subject only when it is used in a department name, with a course number, or when it includes a proper noun or adjective. No quotation marks are used for course titles when the number and area of study are given. Quotation marks are used for course titles in text.

He studies history and English.
Department of History
History 2102
Accounting 3304, Software Tools
She is taking "History of Western Civilization."

Use initial capital letters for titles whether standing alone, in quotation marks, or in italics. A, in, of, to, and other junction words are capitalized only at the beginning or end of a title.

Professor Smith presented "An Approach to Urban Revitalization" at the symposium.
The Department of Theatre Arts will produce Hamlet.

Capitalize a complete sentence following a colon; lowercase a series or phrase.

He provided the following directions: Turn right at the corner, then turn left at the light.
The following classes are required: mathematics, history, and music.
The message was clear: You can't go home again.

Use capitals and quotation marks for a title that exists independently.

"Neighborhood Planning in Historical Perspective," a conference sponsored by CAPPA, was held in Arlington, Texas.

Use capitals for a title preceding a name but not for one following a name.

Nursing Professor Jane Doe won three teaching awards.
John Doe, professor of engineering, is an expert in nanotechnology.
Vice President Jane Doe is a UTA graduate.
John Doe, vice president for finance, earned a master's degree in accounting.

Lowercase the academic modifier before an academic title.

UTA presented a teaching award to electrical engineering Professor John Doe.

Use capitals for named professorships and fellowships. Otherwise, scholar and fellow are lowercased.

Fulbright-Hays Fellowship or Scholar but a Fulbright scholar
Patricia Roberts Harris Fellowship but a Harris fellow

Use lowercase for seasons of the year even if linked with a title.

fall semester classes
spring semester
fall 2010
Many people think spring and fall are the best seasons.

Capitalize geographic regions.

North Texas
the Metroplex
the South
the West

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