Areas covered under abbreviations are:
acronyms • dates • days • degrees • departments • majors and areas of concentration • names • numbers • time • states
- As a general rule, when referencing Alma College, AC is not considered an acceptable abbreviation for an external audience.
EXCEPTION: Student organizations are permitted to use AC as an acronym.
- Acronyms are always spelled out on the first usage. The second reference to the organization can use just the acronym.
EXCEPTION: It is acceptable to use NCAA on a first reference.
- Acronyms contain no periods.
Alma College is a member of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association, the oldest athletic association in the nation. The MIAA sponsors 22 sports.
See Associated Press style manual for athletics abbreviations.
Examples of acronyms commonly used by Communication and Marketing:
Alma College Union Board ACUB
Alma Symphony Orchestra ASO
American College Test ACT
Administrative Personnel Committee APC
Academic Standards Committee ASC
Center for Responsible Leadership CRL
Center for Student Opportunity CSO
Educational Policy Committee EPC
Faculty Personnel Committee FPC
Free Application for Federal Student Aid FAFSA
Grade Point Average GPA
Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association MIAA
Model United Nations Model UN
National Collegiate Athletic Association NCAA
President’s Advisory Council PAC
Program of Emphasis POE
Scholastic Assessment Test SAT
Students Offering Service SOS
Students for a Sustainable Future SF2
United States of America USA
Women’s Issues Advisory Board WIAB
the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) [official name]
United States: U.S. [no space between]
- Name of month can be abbreviated within the text when a date follows it. When the month stands alone, write it out.
On Feb. 23, we plan to go to Florida.
It seems that February is a good time of the year to go to Florida.
- When a number is used, don’t combine it with letters.
RIGHT: The concert is Sept. 2 in Dunning Memorial Chapel.
WRONG: Members of the Choir Tour Committee met Sept. 2nd in the Fireside Lounge.
- No comma is used between a month and a year.
The meeting was in May 1991.
- When month, day and year are given, a comma follows the day and the year.
The reception was in Clack Art Center May 24, 1991, for students and staff.
- In text copy do not abbreviate days of the week.
RIGHT: Most classes meet on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
WRONG: There are a few labs on Tues. and Thurs.
- Days of the week may be abbreviated when used in lists.
- The following are abbreviations for the degrees that Alma College grants:
Bachelor of Arts B.A.
Bachelor of Science B.S.
Bachelor of Fine Arts B.F.A.
Bachelor of Music B.M.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing B.S.N.
- The following are the preferred abbreviations for the honorary degrees that Alma College grants:
Doctor of Divinity D.D.
Doctor of Fine Arts D.F.A.
Doctor of Humanities or Humane Letters L.H.D.
Doctor of Laws L.L.D.
Doctor of Literature or of Letters Lit.D.
Doctor of Science D.Sc.
Juris Doctor J.D.
- Other abbreviations College staff may have:
Doctor of Business Administration D.B.A.
Doctor of Education Ed.D.
Doctor of Ministry D.Min.*
Doctor of Philosophy Ph.D.
Master of Business Administration M.B.A.
Master of Divinity M.Div.
Master of Theology M.Th.
- When the abbreviations for degrees are used, they always require periods.
Note: According to the AP style do not use “Dr.” for earned Ph.D.s.
- Do not abbreviate the word department in publications or releases.
*See capitalization section for exceptions.
Majors and Areas of Concentration
Abbreviations for names of academic majors and areas of concentration at Alma College follow. The registrar has identified and assigned abbreviations for the fields of study at Alma College. These abbreviations are used in the Academic Catalog and in the registration process. They are a part of the shared database on the campus and may not be changed without consulting the registrar.
AMS American Studies
ART Art and Design
ATH Athletic Training
BUS Business Administration
HCA Health Care Administration
CEP Christian Education
COG Cognitive Science
CSC Computer Science
EDS Educational Studies
ENV Environmental Studies
EHS Exercise and Health Studies
FOR Foreign Service
FYS First-Year Seminar
GEN General Studies
HCA Health Care Administration
IBA International Business Administration
INS Integrated Science (Education)
IPH Integrative Physiology and Health Science
LAR Language Arts (Education)
LIB Library Research
NMS New Media Studies
POL Political Science
POE Program of Emphasis
PAF Public Affairs Institute
PBH Public Health
REL Religious Studies
SED Secondary Education
SST Social Studies
SOA Sociology and Anthropology
SPEDC Special Education
THD Theatre and Dance
WGS Women’s and Gender Studies
- Don’t use abbreviations for given names.
RIGHT: Benjamin Harrison
WRONG: Benj. Harrison
RIGHT: William Dicken
WRONG: Wm. Dicken
- Nicknames are put in double quotation marks.
Russell “Mac” MacKinley
- Jr., Sr., II and III after a person’s name are part of that name and should not be set off by a comma.
- Do not use a comma to separate an alumnus’ name from graduation year when writing for internal college publications. For formal occasions, media work, or for century clarification refer to “Class of 1969.”
Daniel Raleigh ’69 [College publications]
Daniel S. Nichelson, class of 1999, Memorial Scholarship [Journalistic style]
- On second reference to an individual’s name within body copy, use the last name only (journalistic style especially for releases and Accents). When composing copy for short biographies for programs or publications, it is acceptable to use a person’s title (especially Dr.) and last name for a second reference. Be consistent within the piece being written.
The history majors “gave solid presentations and held their own against some very tough questions from the audience,” according to Dr. Patrick Furlong, professor of history and Alma’s PAT advisor. “There were 24 papers, and they were all of an extremely high quality, according to all the organizers with whom I spoke,” said Furlong.
Lynn Coddington ’73 began playing tennis as a hobby, but her experiences on the court have influenced more than just her backhand. In recognition of her outstanding contributions to the tennis team, Coddington was inducted into the Alma College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1994.
- Write out numbers of one digit; use numerals for numbers of two digits or more.
RIGHT: The professor reported that 20 students enrolled in Math 101.
WRONG: Research projects were completed by 3 students and 5 professors.
- Write out numbers beginning sentences.
RIGHT: Twenty students have enrolled in Math 101.
WRONG: 25 percent of Alma’s students participate in musical organizations.
- Time of day: Use a.m. and p.m., lowercase.
- The periods may be dropped if space does not allow for them.
- Noon and midnight should not be abbreviated nor used with a number.
RIGHT: Parents will meet at noon for lunch.
WRONG: The dance ended at 12 midnight.
- Spell state names in full when alone.
- Addresses in correspondence use two-letter postal abbreviation.
- When sending a release out of state (hometown or appointment story) include Michigan after all cities except Detroit.
Freshman Molly McNutt of Saline, Mich., enjoyed working in the small-group setting.
- When sending a release in state, Michigan cities do not need state name unless it can be misconstrued as a city in another state. Use your own judgment for hometown releases; it can depend on where the release is sent.
RIGHT: Two Alma College students from St. Louis are on the Dean’s List.
WRONG: Aaron Mulderer of Ashley, Mich., is a member of the Scots men’s soccer team.
RIGHT: Alexander Abercromby and Henrietta Henshaw of St. Louis, Mo., are recipients of Alma College Merit Awards.
- Use traditional, not postal, abbreviations for states. Use the postal abbreviations only for addressing envelopes.
District of Columbia