Choice of “a” or “an” is determined by the pronunciation of the word that follows:
URL; an hour; a hotel; an honor; a history of
When referring to academic or professional degrees generically, use lower case:
When abbreviating degrees, do not use periods:
Names of degrees are set lowercase:
- Smith earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Oxford University.
- Jones has a BS in physics from the University of Chicago. Her medical doctorate is from Northwestern University.
Set off schools/degrees and post-nominal titling with commas when used with names:
- Conference presenters included John Doe, M’76, and Mary Smith, L’82.
- John Trojanowski, MD, PhD, heads the CNDR.
At PMDAR, our policy is to use post-nominal titling, rather than prefixing the name with a courtesy or professional title:
- Bob Smith, MD
- Bob Smith, MD, PhD
And we use school affiliation(s) for alumni, instead of generics:
- Bob Smith, M’67
Capitalize a discipline only when it is a proper noun. As a general rule, if the word is regularly capitalized in general, it should remain capitalized when used in this context. See also Departments, Offices, and Programs:
- She is a scholar of English literature.
- He is a professor of physics and astronomy.
Uppercase season and use full year in formal contexts:
- Summer Session 2010
- Spring Break 2010
- Fall Term 2010