Answered By: Linda Kern Last Updated: Dec 12, 2016 Views: 2500
As you know, capitalization is a matter of grammar and academic style. According to APA style, common nouns aren't capitalized; only proper nouns are capitalized (APA p.102). The Merriam Webster dictionary defines a common noun as "a noun that may occur with limiting modifiers (as a or an, some, every, and my) and that designates any one of a class of beings or things." On the other hand, a proper noun is "a noun that designates a particular being or thing, does not take a limiting modifier, and is usually capitalized in English."
So the question is, is the word "program" part of the official name of the program of study, or only a way of describing it? If UCONN calls it the Speech-Language Pathology Program in its description, then capitalize Program. If instead, UCONN refers to the M.A. program in Speech-Language Pathology, then don't capitalize it.
You didn't ask, but the same rule would apply to speech-language pathology also.
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