A general rule is that official names are capitalized; unofficial, informal, shortened, or generic names aren't. This rule applies to names of offices, buildings, schools, departments, programs, centers, institutes, etc. Phrases such as "the center," "the institute," "the college," or "the museum" are not capitalized. Capitalize official names of bulletins, forms, conventions, conferences, symposia, etc. Capitalize official course titles (except for articles, prepositions, and conjunctions), whether or not the course number is used. Names of seasons, academic periods, and one-time events are generally not capitalized. For historical or documentary accuracy, follow the capitalization of original texts.
Academic courses: Capitalize the main words in titles of specific courses (i.e. Introduction to Research Methods), but not names used in a general sense (i.e. psychology courses). Capitalize all nouns and adjectives referring to languages, countries, and nationalities (a French course, an English course).
Academic programs: The term "program" should not be capitalized unless used as an official part of a title.
Academic units: Capitalize the official names of academic units. Do not capitalize the name in informal reference.
Board of Trustees: Capitalize the words "Board" and "Trustees" when referring to Furman's Board of Trustees on first and subsequent references. When referring to other boards and trustees, use lowercase on second reference.
Chairs and professorships: Capitalize the titles of named chairs and professorships whether used alone or after an individual's name.
Degrees: Capitalize the main words in the names of degrees when they are spelled out and capitalize abbreviations of degrees. Abbreviation of the degree name is acceptable on first reference. (Note: There are no spaces between elements.) In its most recent edition (16th), Chicago Manual of Style prefers that degrees not be abbreviated with periods. Capitalization of names of degrees should match the registrar's official degree list. If the official degree name contains the words "of Science," the discipline is capitalized. (Refer to the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, not the Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry or the Bachelor's degree in Chemistry.) Similar rules apply to references made to master's and doctoral degrees. Do not capitalize academic degrees used in a general sense. Note that bachelor's and master's end in 's. In references to degrees, the word "degree" is never capitalized. Make plural abbreviations of degrees by adding "s." Capitalize names or abbreviations of academic degrees and honors following a personal name. Degrees conferred at institutions other than Furman may follow a different style. Verify degree names to preserve correct capitalization, abbreviation, and punctuation style. When they follow a person's name, qualifiers such as PhD and MD are preceded by a comma. A second comma follows the qualifier in running text.
Department names: Capitalize the full, formal names of departments, but lowercase shortened or informal versions.
Fraternal groups: Capitalize the names of fraternities and sororities but not the words "fraternity," "sorority," and "chapter."
Landmarks: Capitalize the main words in the official names of campus landmarks.
Majors and minors: Do not capitalize names of schools, college studies, fields of study, options, curricula, major areas, minors, major subjects, or programs unless a specific course is being referred to or if using names of countries, nationalities, historical periods, and languages.
Professorships: Capitalize the titles of professorships whether used alone or after an individual's name.
University: Capitalize the word "University" when referring to Furman University on first and subsequent references. When referring to other universities, use lowercase on second reference.
Year in school: Do not capitalize the words "freshman," "sophomore," "junior," "senior," or "graduate" when they refer to the year in which a course is to be taken or to the classification of the student.