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    Writing Rules: Capitalizing Titles of Specific Courses

    Tuesday, October 13, 2009

    Words such as history, business, science, and technology are proper nouns when they are used in the titles of specific courses, but they are common nouns when they name a field of study.

    Professor Sajev teaches Global Business Ethics. (title of a specific course)
    Which professor teaches the biology course? (a field of study)

    Note: Language classes and school subjects that are followed by a number should be capitalized.

    Ms. Ott teaches Spanish and Geography 101.

    (From Write for Business, page 207, and Proofreader's Guide PDF, page 19)