Should the name of a course be capitalized?

Discussion in 'English Only' started by birdman, Jun 24, 2007.

  1. birdman

    birdman Senior Member

    Taipei, Taiwan
    When I am referring to a course I take, do I have to capitalize it? For example:

    I dozed off in today's Physics class.
     
  2. The Scrivener Banned

    On the "naughty step".
    England. English
    I don't think it is necessary, birdman, as physics is not a proper noun.
     
  3. Celestianpower Junior Member

    Stroud, United Kingdom
    English, United Kingdom
    I see both all the time, but I agree with The Scrivener: it shouldn't need capitalising.

    CP
     
  4. sdgraham

    sdgraham Senior Member

    Oregon, USA
    USA English
    H
    Agreed - in this context.

    However:

    If you are referring to a specific class (at a specific university) such as "Physics 411," it's upper-cased.

    If you are referring to a course with a generic name that is a proper noun, use upper case as in "I slept through Spanish class today."
     
  5. Packard

    Packard Senior Member

    USA, English
    If it is in a course catalogue I would probably capitalize it. (AE spelling).

    Physics 101
    English 102
    History of Economics and Welfare 106

    The above are all titles and I would capitalize them.

    "I am taking Evolution of Language 102." Capitalized as it is a title.
     

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