For titles, use lowercase except when preceding a name or when used in a mailing address. President Elson S. Floyd; Elson S. Floyd, president of Washington State University; the president. Dean Candis Claiborn; Candis Claiborn, dean of the College of Engineering and Architecture; the dean. Assistant Professor Carter Hay; Carter Hay, assistant professor of sociology; the assistant professor.
For unit names, capitalize full references and lowercase subsequent alternative references. College of Veterinary Medicine; the college. Department of Biology; the department, the biology department. Holland Library; the library. Bohler Gym; the gym. Exceptions to this title rule: Washington State University; the University.
When referring to the academic year, fall semester, spring semester, and summer session are lowercase, as are freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior.
Academic degrees are lowercase when spelled out: baccalaureate degree, bachelor's degree, bachelor of arts; master's degree, master of science; doctoral degree, doctorate, doctor of philosophy, etc. Note the plural form: bachelor's degrees; master's degrees; doctoral degrees.
Academic degrees are abbreviated with periods and closed up: B.A., B.S., M.A., M.S., Ph.D., D.Ed., M.D., etc. Plural form: B.A.'s, B.S.'s, M.A.'s, M.S.'s, Ph.D.'s, D.Ed.'s.
Names of majors, minors, concentrations, and programs are lowercase within text.
Lowercase "fax" and "email" in text. Email has no hyphen and is all lowercased, except to begin a sentence.
Lowercase the compass directions north, south, east, and west (including northern, southern, eastern, and western) when not part of a proper name. Capitalize in reference to a proper name or region. The Northwest, but northwestern. The West Coast, but western Washington.
Internet – always capitalized when referring to the global network of computers
state of Washington (as usual) but Washington state – lowercase “state” to avoid confusion with University
University – capitalize when “WSU” can substitute, e.g., The University supports world-class research; lowercase when generic, e.g., WSU is a land-grant university. (note: "land-grant” is hyphenated )
URL – all caps, but “web address” preferred
web – lowercased, except to begin a sentence
website – one word, all lowercased except to begin a sentence