There is a strict ruling over this matter that you must know. According to the Associated Press Stylebook (AP), you must not capitalize anything that refers to or regards your degree in general terms.
But in addition to the above knowledge, whenever you are making a special reference, that is, whenever you are going to address a certain degree, for example, Bachelor of Arts, you should always take care that it is capitalized.
And this AP’s rule stands the same even in any condition.
When should you capitalize on the bachelor’s degree?
Keep one thing in your mind that you must capitalize the bachelor’s degree only at that time when you are going to use the full name of the degree. For example, Master of Social Work, Bachelor of Arts, etc.
But you should not capitalize a general reference—for example, the type of degree: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, etc.
Examples of when fields of study are capitalized
Above in the article, we consider that you got a brief idea over the topic of when you could capitalize your degree and courses and when you cannot. In this section, we are giving you a few examples that would be an aid for you to get the subject concrete in your head. So, take a look:
- Shiela is studying religion at the Department of Religion, Westminster College.
- I studied Japanese at the Department of Japan.
- My daughter is so much excited to take a history course this summer.
- I will be studying Russian at the local college this winter.
- Linda studied English literature at the Department of English, Duquesne University.
Can I capitalize my course names?
The answer will be a big “no.” This is another area where you must look after the capitalization thing. Whatever courses you pursue or whatever subjects you choose, you should not capitalize on any of them. You should not capitalize the names of the courses. The courses could be, for example, psychology, math, geology, etc.
But if you are going to refer to the name of any language like English, Japanese, Spanish, Italian, Marathi, etc.