Style: Degrees and Capitalization
The following are the correct ways to handle degrees:
- associate degree in journalism.
- bachelor’s degree in physical education. Note, it is not a B.S. degree or Bachelor of Arts degree.
- master’s degree in comparative literature. The same thing applies as in the above. M.A, M.S. or master’s of art or science are all incorrect.
- a doctorate in math. Doctorate degree is redundant; Ph.D. is incorrect style.
- note in both the bachelor’s and master’s degrees, the first letters are lower case, and the possessive “s” follows an apostrophe.
- The correct Channels style for copy is City College, not SBCC.
- Use the full name, Santa Barbara City College, when writing about several community colleges and need the full name for identification.
- Use Santa Barbara City College or SBCC (no periods) for webheads.
- SBCC is okay for print headlines.
- When referring to this publication, use The Channels. “The” is a formal part of the name, and the “T” is capitalized.
- Use lowercase except for words that are proper nouns: history department, mathematics department, English department and Spanish department.
Disciplines and Majors
- Use lowercase except for areas of study that are proper nouns and adjectives.
- He is studying political science but wants to major in English literature.
- She is a German major but spends most of her time with arts majors.
- For specific courses, capitalize and spell out the discipline and use a figure. On first reference, include the full title of the course, capitalized, in quotation marks.
- I’m taking Journalism 101, “Reporting and Writing, Part 1.”
- After taking Art 101, “Understanding Art,” she decided to change her major.
Local Governing Bodies
|First Reference||Second Reference|
|The Board of Trustees||...the board or the trustees|
|The Associated Students Senate||...the senate or the student senate|
|The Academic Senate||...the senate or the faculty senate|
|The International Students Club||...the club|
|The Faculty Enrichment Committee||...the committee|