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campus branch

  • When an institution has multiple campus locations, follow the name of the institution with a comma, followed by the city <The faculty member attended the State University of New York, Stonybrook.>. (AP)


  • Note compound word and lack of hyphen. (AP)

canceled, canceling, cancellation

  • Note number of “l”s. (AP)

capital campaign

  • See New Faces of Kennesaw State University.


  • AP uses down-style capitalization, which avoids unnecessary capitalization.
  • Capitalize proper nouns and proper names of people, places and things.
  • Do not capitalize common nouns when they standalone <The Democratic Party; the party: The Chattahoochee River; the river>. 
  • In all plural uses, lowercase the common nouns of proper names <Paulding and Cobb counties; Chastain and Frey roads>.
  • Derivatives of proper nouns that depend on the proper noun for their meaning are capitalized <Christianity; Shakespearean>.
  • Derivates of proper nouns that no longer depend on the proper noun for their meaning are lowercase <french fries; herculean>.
  • See individual entries for topic-specific capitalization.

cardinal numbers

  • General rule is to spell out whole numbers less than 10; use figures for 10 and higher.
  • For exceptions, see numbers, cardinal. (AP)

cast (noun)

  • When it’s necessary to list both a person’s given name and his or her character’s name, the preferred form is <John, who plays Character X, has been in several KSU productions> or some other variation.
  • If space is limited or the previous format becomes cumbersome, the format can be changed to <Given Name (Character Name)>. (ASO)

catalog (noun and verb)

  • “Catalog” is spelled without the “ue” suffix. (AP)

center (noun)

  • Capitalize only when part of a complete name <The Wellness Center is located in the Student Recreation Center.>. (AP)

centers, academic

  • See academic units.

chairs, unnamed

  • See academic units.

chairs, named

  • Always capitalized regardless of where the whole or partial title appears in relation to the name, or whether a name is mentioned at all <Leonard Witt accepted the Robert D. Fowler Distinguished Chair in Communication in 2002.>. (GSU and UGA)
  • See also academic titles.


  • Lowercase when referencing a chapter of an organization <She is a member of the KSU chapter of Alpha Psi Omega, the theatre honors society.>.
  • When referencing a chapter number in a book, capitalize and use Arabic numerals <He contributed to Chapter 4 of the music education textbook.>. (AP)
  • See also book chapter titles.

Chastain Point: university property located off of Big Shanty Road.


  • Capitalize when it’s part of the formal name or widely accepted nickname of the city <New York City; The Windy City>.
  • Always include a city’s state or country when it isn’t apparent from the context <On their Italian study abroad trip, the students visited Rome. He’s from Rome, Ga.>. (AP)

Clayton Gallery, Don Russell: complete name for the art gallery located in the Bailey Performance Center.

  • Use complete name upon first reference; subsequent reference is “Clayton Gallery” or “the gallery.”

cliche/cliché (noun and adj.)

  • Merriam Webster accepts both variations.
  • For press releases, use no accent.
  • In all other instances, use “é.”

clubs (noun)

  • Capitalize complete names of clubs and organizations. Only capitalize the word “club” or organization” when it is used as part of a complete name <Mudslingers is a student organization in the College of the Arts. The Austell/South Cobb Rotary Club established a scholarship for COTA students.>.


  • Retain hyphen when forming nouns, adjectives and verbs that indicate occupation or job status (AP):
    • co-author
    • co-sponsor
    • co-host
    • co-partner
    • co-star
    • co-worker
  • Use no hyphen in other combinations:
    • coed
    • coeducation
    • coexist
    • cooperate
    • coordinate

Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre

  • Note the spelling of “centre.”
  • Use full name upon first reference; subsequent reference is “Cobb Energy Centre” or “CEPAC.”

Coles College of Business, Michael J.: complete name of the KSU business college.

  • “Coles College of Business” is usually sufficient upon first reference; subsequent reference is “Coles College.” (UGA)
  • See also colleges, academic.

collections, titles of composition

  • For named collections of essays, plays, poems and similar compositions, capitalize and enclose in quotation marks. (CMS)

colleges, academic

  • Capitalize only when referring to a college by its complete name.
  • Exceptions apply to named colleges.
  • For external audiences, the name of the university should precede the name of a college, school or department. <The Kennesaw State University College of the Arts will present a play this week. The college has multiple departments.>
  • Named colleges at KSU:
    • Michael J. Coles College of Business (See Coles College of Business.)
    • Leland & Clarice C. Bagwell College of Education (See Bagwell College of Education.)

colleges and universities, other

  • Follow the applicable institution’s capitalization style.
  • When it’s important to denote a specific branch or campus location of an institution, follow the name of the institution with a comma, followed by the city <The faculty member attended the State University of New York, Stony Brook.>. (AP)


  • Capitalize complete name of committee; lowercase informal or incomplete references <Several faculty members are on the Visual Arts Scholarship Committee. Each department has its own set of committees.>. (AP)


  • When referring to the graduation ceremony, lowercase in all instances <The spring commencement ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. Recent alumni appreciated having their pictures from the 2008 commencement online.>. (AP)

complement: denotes completeness or a supplementation <The costume design complements the theme of the performance.>

  • See also compliment.

compliment: an expression of praise or courtesy. <The performers were flattered by the director’s compliments.>

  • See also complement.


  • See artist-in-residence.

composition titles

  • These guidelines apply to titles of albums; blogs; books; computer games; essays; exhibits; lectures; movies; musicals; operas; plays; poems; seminars; songs; speeches; television shows; works of art, including drawings, etchings, paintings, photographs; and workshops.
  • Capitalize the principal words, including prepositions and conjunctions of four or more letters <“Gone With the Wind”>
  • Capitalize a word of fewer than four letters if it is the first or last word of the title <“Of Mice and Men”>
  • Put quotation marks around the titles of the above listed works. If the work’s creator is unknown, see unknown creators, art or musical works with.
  • Do not italicize.
  • Do not put quotation marks around religious texts and books that are primarily catalogs of reference, including almanacs, directories, dictionaries, encyclopedias and handbooks <Bible, Merriam Webster’s Dictionary, Encyclopedia Britannica>
  • Translate a foreign title into English unless a work is known to the American public by its foreign name <Beethoven’s “Für Elise”; Handel’s “Richard the First, King of England,” not “Riccardo Primo re d’Inghilterra.”> (AP and CMS 8.206)
  • See also orchestral works.

concentration, academic

  • See academic concentration.

Concert Hall

  • Capitalize upon first reference; subsequent reference is “the hall.” (IU)

concert series title

  • Capitalize complete name including “series” if it’s part of the complete name.
  • Do not italicize or enclose in quotation marks <The 2007 Starlight Summer Concert Series featured Poncho Sanchez and Regina Carter.>

concert titles

  • Capitalize and enclose in quotation marks the complete name of concert <The jazz concert tomorrow night is titled “A Mixed Bag.”>

concertgoer (noun)

  • Note compound word. (MW)

concertmaster (noun)

  • Note compound word. (AP)

conference titles

  • Capitalize titles of single conferences and enclose in quotation marks <The title of the 2008 GAEA conference is “Art for All.” The music faculty attended the GMEA conference in south Georgia.>. (CMS 8.76)

conjunctions, capitalizing

  • See composition titles.

continual: a steady repetition <The continual tick-tock of the clock instigates the character’s breakdown.>.

  • See also continuous.

continuous: uninterrupted, unbroken <His speech was continuous regardless of the protestors.>.

  • See also continual.

core curriculum

  • Do not capitalize <ARTS 1107 is part of all undergraduate students’ core curriculum requirements.>. (MW)

COTA: acronym for the College of the Arts.

  • First reference is the “College of the Arts” <The College of the Arts announced that commencement for COTA graduates will occur in May.>.


Capitalize in these instances:

  • As part of the county’s proper name <Cobb County>
  • As part of the full name of a government sector <Cherokee County Commission, Paulding County Department of Social Services>
  • As part of a title <County Commissioner Tim Lee >
  • When the name of the county is inherent <County Commission, County Department of Social Services>

Lowercase in these instances

  • To distinguish between state or federal counterparts <the Board of Education, the county Board of Education>
  • When county is not part of a formal title <county Arts Affairs Division Director Elizabeth Weaver>
  • When referring to two or more counties <Paulding and Cobb counties>. (AP)

course names/titles, academic and nonacademic

  • When using the official course name, capitalize but do not use italics or enclose in quotation marks <He is taking the Performing Cultures class.>. (CMS 8.92; GSU capitalizes, italicizes)
  • See also course number.

course number

  • The departmental acronym is listed before a course number <In TPS 1107, the Arts in Society course, there will be guest lecturers.>.
  • Course number is always written in Arabic even if the number is less than 10. (AP)
  • See also course names/titles.


  • Note compound word.

courtesy titles

  • Generally omitted, use Mr., Miss, Ms. or Mrs. only in these instances:
  • Direct quotations
  • To distinguish between two people with the same last name (e.g., brother and sister, married couple): use a courtesy title for the woman or refer to her by first and last name
  • When a woman specifically requests it (e.g., Ms. Smith; Mrs. Smith)

*If a person’s gender is not determined by the person’s name or the story’s context, indicate the gender by using the appropriate pronoun in subsequent reference(s). (AP)

criteria: plural form of criterion. <The criteria for admission are x, y and z.>.

cum laude, summa, magna

  • Do not capitalize or italicize. (AP)

curricula: plural form of curriculum <Although the two programs differ aesthetically, the core curricula are essentially the same.>. 


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