Author: Heather Saunders

Heather E. Saunders is the co-owner of Nova Arc Content Co. She has more than 15 years of experience as a technical editor, writer, and proofreader specializing in the STEM, medical, and aerospace and defense sectors. You can find her on Twitter as @h_e_saunders.


Academic degrees tell us what level of study a person has completed and often in what field or specialization. In its most basic form, a degree name will include only the level of study achieved—bachelor’s degree or master’s degree, for example. However, it will often also include a major and a minor, as well as any emphases, academic distinctions, and honors.  Guidance on how to capitalize and style degree names varies according to style guide, but in general, the best practice is to capitalize terms only when using specific degree names and proper nouns.  Let’s take a closer look. Degree…

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