Capitalizing academic subjects

In general usage, subjects should be listed in lower case.

  • She is majoring in geography.
  • He enjoys his mathematics course.


Exception: when you are describing a subject that is also a language, culture or religion, capitalize it.

  • She is an English major.
  • He is doing well in his Spanish course.


When a subject is being described by its official or short form name, course or program title, it should be capitalized.

  • She teaches in the Department of Geography at Memorial.
  • He is taking a course called Elements of Discrete Mathematics.

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