These may be abbreviated in text in most instances. When they are, periods are required:
People who hold the J.D., or juris doctor, are not called “Dr.” Those who hold the terminal degree in that field—the doctor of juridical science, or J.S.D.—are.
When listing Samford University faculty members, cite only the highest degree attained, plus any relevant professional designation. Common professional designations such as RN and CPA require no periods.
Jane Smith, Ph.D., RN
Mary Jones, M.Acc., CPA
For degrees offered by Samford University, please see the university catalog.
academic divisions, Samford University
Cum laude, magna cum laude, summa cum laude and with honors receive no special treatment in straight copy:
She graduated magna cum laude.
ACT, SAT, LSAT, GMAT, GRE, MAT, MCAT and other entrance examination titles usually don’t need to be spelled out, even on first reference. Use Arabic numerals in constructions such as SAT-1.
Let pronunciation determine your choice of a or an with abbreviations and acronyms:
an M.B.A. program
a C&BA course
an FBI agent
an IRS audit
an IMAX movie
Acronyms and abbreviations almost always are capitalized, but their capitalization doesn’t necessarily mean the words for which they stand must be capitalized when spelled out.
PBL, problem-based learning
See also academic degrees; course numbers and titles; departments; divisions.
In most publications, give addresses for Samford University departments and offices as follows:
Office or department name
800 Lakeshore Drive
Birmingham, AL 35229
205-726-XXXX or toll-free 1-XXX-XXX-XXXX
XXXXXX@samford.edu (email address)
www.samford.edu/XXXX (website address)
Phone and fax numbers, email address and website address may be omitted as appropriate.
Note: U.S. Postal Service regulations require Samford University as the first line of the return address in some circumstances.
Always leave off the 1- before telephone or fax numbers, with the exception of toll-free numbers.
AFROTC, Air Force Reserve Officers’ Training Corps
Samford University's unit is Detachment 012.
athletic and athletics
Use athletic as an adjective to describe someone or something with athletic ability. Use athletics to describe someone or something related to the field of athletics.
He is an athletic individual.
He is the director of athletics.
The athletics program includes 17 sports.