Avoid the unnecessary use of capitals. Capitals are most commonly used for proper nouns and the first word in a sentence.


Capitals may also be used for:

  1. Popular Names: Places and events that do not have officially designated proper names but have popular names that are the equivalent: North Dallas, Deep Ellum.
  2. Derivatives: Words that are derived from a proper noun and still depend upon it for their meaning: American, English, Orwellian.
  3. Compositions: Capitalize the principal words in the names of books, magazines, movies, plays, poems, operas, songs, radio and television programs, works of art, etc.

Academic Majors

Use lowercase for majors with the exception of languages.

Administrative Offices

The names of departments, divisions and offices should be capitalized. Use lowercase for the words department, division or office when they stand alone.


Use lowercase and periods for a.m. and p.m.


The proper name of buildings and halls should be capitalized: Green Center, Hoblitzelle Hall, Founders North.

Centers and Institutes

The formal names of centers should be capitalized, but “center” used alone should be lowercase.

Classes and Courses

Classes and courses should be lowercase unless you use the specific title or the name carries a proper noun or numeral.


Capitalize the formal names of groups, commissions or committees (Jordan Commission, Strategic Enrollment Task Force and Long Range Campus Planning Committee).

Compositions and Creative Works

The following rules regarding capitalization, spelling, punctuation, italics and quotation marks apply to titles mentioned in text.


Capitalize a department when it is an actual proper name. Lowercase otherwise.


Use lowercase for cum laude, magna cum laude and summa cum laude. For Nobel laureate, capitalize Nobel but not laureate.


See the Degrees, Departments and Titles for guidance.

Seasons and Semesters

Do not capitalize seasons, semesters or terms in text.


The proper names of schools within UT Dallas should be capitalized as follows:

Student Classifications

Do not capitalize freshman, sophomore, junior or senior unless they appear at the beginning of a sentence or in a headline.


Capitalize the word university in the full name of an institution of higher education. It should be capitalized when it stands alone only in reference to UT Dallas. Also see the UT Dallas, UTD entry on the Abbreviations page.

Additionally, the word The should be capitalized when used in the full name of the University.