Academic Subjects, Courses, and Lectures Exercise (17)
All but one of the following sentences demonstrate incorrect style for treatment of terms pertaining to academic subjects, courses, and lectures according to The Chicago Manual of Style; revise emphasis as necessary:
Answers and Explanations
Capitalization and other forms of emphasis differ in the naming of various academic entities and educational presentations. Here are the basic rules:
Original: He obtained a master’s degree in Economics.
Correct : He obtained a master’s degree in economics.
Academic subjects are styled in lowercase unless they are proper nouns.
Original: I’m studying for my final for "Literature of the Victorian Era."
Correct : I’m studying for my final for Literature of the Victorian Era.
Course titles are capitalized but not enclosed in quotation marks.
Original: She attended a lecture called Social Satire in the Works of Charles Dickens.
Correct : She attended a lecture called "Social Satire in the Works of Charles Dickens."
Lecture titles are capitalized and enclosed in quotation marks.
Original: They’re petitioning to save the Ethnic Studies Department.
Correct : They’re petitioning to save the Ethnic Studies Department.
Words in specific names of academic departments are capitalized. This sentence is correct. (However, names similar to the official name are generic, such as "the journalism department" in a reference to the Mass Communication Department.)
Original: The lecture series "Explorations in Pre-Renaissance European Art" is sold out.
Correct : The lecture series Explorations in Pre-Renaissance European Art is sold out.
Names of lecture series are capitalized but not enclosed in quotation marks or italicized.