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Editorial Style Guide

Wheaton College Editorial Style Guide

These editorial style guidelines are provided to assist you in writing and editing Wheaton College publications. They serve as the authority for editorial style for the campus, taking precedence over other style manuals.

When questions arise that are not covered in this manual, you can find answers in these resources:

  • AP Stylebook
  • Chicago Manual of Style
  • Webster’s New World College Dictionary

Table of Contents

  1. Academic Degrees
  2. Academic Disciplines, Departments, and Titles
  3. A.D./B.C.
  4. Addresses
    1. Cities and States
  5. Adviser vs. Advisor
  6. Alumna, Alumnus, Alumni
  7. Alumni, Honorary, or Non-Degreed
  8. Alumni Names, Degrees, and Class Years
  9. Ampersand
  10. Bible Books
  11. Bible Verse Quotations and References
  12. Bible Versions
    1. Bible Version Abbreviations
  13. Capitalization
    1. Capitalization of Buildings/Locations
    2. Capitalization of Common Words
    3. Capitalization of Religious Terms
  14. College Archives, Buswell Library
  15. College, the
  16. Colon
  17. Commas in a Series (Serial Comma, Oxford Comma)
  18. Conservatory of Music
  19. Dates
    1. Abbreviations for Days of the Week
    2. Centuries
    3. Decades
    4. Months
    5. Month and Year
    6. Month, Day, and Year
    7. Seasons and Semesters
    8. Years
  20. Emeritus Status
  21. For Christ and His Kingdom
  22. HoneyRock
  23. Hyphens
  24. Initials for Personal Names
  25. Motto
  26. Numbers
  27. Titles of Events and Works of Visual and Performing Art
    1. Capitalization
    2. Double Quotation Marks
    3. Italics
    4. Lowercase
  28. Unbiased Language
  29. Wheaton's Academic Entities
    1. Academic Divisions
      1. Names and Designations of Academic Divisions
      2. Division of Natural and Social Sciences
      3. Division of Humanities
      4. Division of the Conservatory, Arts, and Communication
      5. Division of Global Programs and Studies
    2. Centers and Institutes
      1. Billy Graham Center
      2. Center for Applied Christian Ethics
      3. Center for Urban Engagement
      4. English Language Institute of China
      5. HoneyRock, the Outdoor Center for Leadership Development of Wheaton College
      6. Humanitarian Disaster Institute
      7. Institute for Cross-Cultural Training
      8. Opus: The Art of Work
      9. Marion E. Wade Center
      10. Wheaton Center for Faith, Politics, and Economics
      11. Wheaton Center for Early Christian Studies
    3. Other Academic Entities
      1. Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps
      2. Billy Graham Center Archives
      3. Core Studies
      4. Library and Archives
        1. Special Collections, Buswell Library
      5. Marion E. Wade Center
      6. Wheaton College Graduate School 

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1. Academic Degrees

Following are the correct ways to abbreviate academic degrees:

  • B.A. or B.S. = Bachelor of Arts/Science
  • B.D. = Bachelor of Divinity
  • B.M. = Bachelor of Music
  • B.M.E. = Bachelor of Music Education
  • D.A. = Doctor of Arts
  • D.D. = Doctor of Divinity
  • D.M. = Doctor of Music
  • D.M.A. = Doctor of Musical Arts
  • J.D. = Juris Doctor
  • L.H.D. = Doctor of Humanities
  • Litt.D. = Doctor of Letters
  • LL.D. = Doctor of Laws
  • M.A. = Master of Arts
  • M.D. = Medical Doctor
  • M.Div. = Master of Divinity
  • M.F.A. = Master of Fine Arts
  • M.M. = Master of Music
  • M.T.S. = Master of Theological Studies
  • Ph.D. = Doctor of Philosophy
  • Psy.D. = Doctor of Psychology
  • Th.M. = Master of Theology

Never capitalize degrees when they are referred to in general terms.
doctorate, doctoral, master’s, bachelor’s, master of science, bachelor of arts


Doctoral is an adjective. Doctorate is a noun.
She received her doctoral degree from Wheaton. 
She received her doctorate from Wheaton.

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2. Academic Disciplines, Departments, and Titles

Disciplines should be lowercased, unless they are a part of headline text. Of course, proper nouns within the name must be capitalized.


  • He is an intercultural studies professor.
  • Her degree is in Middle Eastern studies.
  • I am going to my English class.

Course titles are capitalized, not italicized, and without quotes.


  • Jeffry Davis, associate professor of English, teaches the course Classical and Early British Literature.

If the name of a department or office is used as an adjective, it should be lowercased.  If it is used as a noun, it should be capitalized.


  • The lecture is held each year in the business and economics department.
  • The Department of Business and Economics is housed in the Memorial Student Center.
  • Homecoming was hosted by Alumni Relations.
  • The alumni relations office hosted Homecoming.

Capitalize formal titles when used immediately before a name; lowercase formal titles when used alone or in constructions that separate them from a name by commas.

Use lowercase for all terms that are job descriptions rather than job titles.


  • Professor of English Emerita E. Beatrice Batson
  • E. Beatrice Batson, professor of English emerita
  • Knoedler Chair of Biblical and Theological Studies Dr. Daniel Block
  • Daniel Block, Knoedler chair of biblical and theological studies

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3. A.D./B.C.

The abbreviations for eras are set in small caps with periods. a.d. always precedes the year, but b.c. will follow the year.


  • a.d. 1973
  • 3000 b.c.

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4. Addresses

When citing an address within body copy, spell out Avenue, Boulevard, Drive, Road, Street, and the like. Spell out all street names.

For mailing addresses: use USPS rules (no punctuation within lines).

Wheaton College
501 College Avenue
Wheaton IL 60187-5501

For directions, event location, and other non-mailing purposes: list all pertinent location information and exclude ZIP code. "Wheaton College" must be included on any publication that will be read externally or where the association with Wheaton College is not already clear.

Stack non-mailing addresses like so:

Barrows Auditorium
Billy Graham Center
Wheaton College
501 College Avenue
Wheaton, Illinois

Room 339
Blanchard Hall
Wheaton College
501 College Avenue
Wheaton, Illinois

The Stupe
Lower Beamer
Todd M. Beamer Student Center
Wheaton College
501 College Avenue
Wheaton, Illinois

When used in the body copy, locations should be formatted like so:

  • The event will be held in room 339 of Blanchard Hall, Wheaton College, located at 501 College Avenue in Wheaton, Illinois.
  • Our office is on College Avenue.
  • The parking lot is on the corner of Lincoln Avenue and N Washington Street.
  • Illinois and Iowa are neighboring states.
  • The lecture will take place in Barrows Auditorium in the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College.
  • The performance will take place in Edman Memorial Chapel at Wheaton College.
  • The recital takes place in the Recital Hall (Room 132) located in the Armerding Center for Music and the Arts at Wheaton College.

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4.1. Cities and States

Spell out the names of all 50 U.S. states when used in the body copy, whether standing alone or with a city.

Only abbreviate state names in tabular material, captions, lists, or where space is especially limited.

Use the AP state abbreviations when an abbreviation is required.

Use the two-letter USPS abbreviations only with full mailing addresses, including ZIP code.

Following are the AP state abbreviations with USPS state abbreviations in parentheses:

  • Alabama: Ala. (AL)
  • Alaska (AK)
  • Arizona: Ariz. (AZ)
  • Arkansas: Ark. (AR)
  • California: Calif. (CA)
  • Colorado: Colo. (CO)
  • Connecticut: Conn. (CT)
  • Washington D.C.: D.C. (DC)
  • Delaware: Del. (DE)
  • Florida: Fla. (FL)
  • Georgia: Ga. (GA)
  • Hawaii (HI)
  • Idaho (ID)
  • Illinois: Ill. (IL)
  • Indiana: Ind. (IN)
  • Iowa (IA)
  • Kansas: Kan. (KS)
  • Kentucky: Ky. (KY)
  • Louisiana: La. (LA)
  • Maine (ME)
  • Maryland: Md. (MD)
  • Massachusetts: Mass. (MA)
  • Michigan: Mich. (MI)
  • Minnesota: Minn. (MN)
  • Mississippi: Miss. (MS)
  • Missouri: Mo. (MO)
  • Montana: Mont. (MT)
  • Nebraska: Neb. (NE)
  • Nevada: Nev. (NV)
  • New Hampshire: N.H. (NH)
  • New Jersey: N.J. (NJ)
  • New Mexico: N.M. (NM)
  • New York: N.Y. (NY)
  • North Carolina: N.C. (NC)
  • North Dakota: N.D. (ND)
  • Ohio (OH)
  • Oklahoma: Okla. (OK)
  • Oregon: Ore. (OR)
  • Pennsylvania: Pa. (PA)
  • Rhode Island: R.I. (RI)
  • South Carolina: S.C. (SC)
  • South Dakota: S.D. (SD)
  • Tennessee: Tenn. (TN)
  • Texas (TX)
  • Utah (UT)
  • Vermont: Vt. (VT)
  • Virginia: Va. (VA)
  • Washington: Wash. (WA)
  • West Virginia: W.Va. (WV)
  • Wisconsin: Wis. (WI)
  • Wyoming: Wyo (WY).

The following are stand-alone cities for which state names are never necessary: Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Honolulu, Houston,  Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, New Orleans, New York, Oklahoma City, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington.

When following the name of a city, the names of states, provinces, and territories are enclosed in commas, whether they are spelled out or abbreviated.

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5. Adviser vs. Advisor

Use adviser. The spelling advisor is obsolete.

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6. Alumna, Alumnus, Alumni

Alumna = a female graduate
Alumnae = two or more female graduates
Alumni = two or more male graduates or a combination of male and female graduates
Alumnus = a male graduate

Alternate variations of the term alumni including alum, alumn, etc. are inaccurate.

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7. Alumni, Honorary, or Non-Degreed

Persons who have attended Wheaton for at least two semesters are considered “non-degreed alumni” but are alumni nevertheless. Generally, the class year for non-degreed alumni is the year they would have graduated; however, check Banner for each individual’s preferred class year.

Graduate School students who completed at least two semesters of study but didn’t receive a degree are to be designated as “GS” followed by the year they would have graduated. The Alumni Association may also give “honorary alumna(us)” status to some individuals, designated in alumni materials as "hon" following the person’s name with no class year.

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8. Alumni Names, Degrees, and Class Years

(for use in materials whose audience is primarily alumni)

When the class years of alumni follow their names, it is generally not necessary to use “B.A.” or “B.S.” to distinguish the degree. However, master’s, doctoral, and honorary degrees are to be specified, along with the class year. If alumni have more than one degree, include all of the degrees with the class year. Maiden names of married alumnae are to be included. The apostrophe before class year abbreviations is the same as a closing single quotation mark:  ’  (compare: an opening single quotation mark:  ‘  ).


  • Timothy A. Stoner ’82
  • John D. Frame B.A. ’38, B.S. ’38
  • Jane A. McNally ’39, M.A. ’44
  • Ruth Kraft Strohschien ’27, L.H.D. ’72
  • Billy Graham ’43, Litt.D. ’56
  • Carl F. H. Henry ’38, M.A. ’41, Litt.D. ’68

If the century of the class year could be in question, do not abbreviate.


  • Charles A. Blanchard 1870
  • Ellen Congdon Kellogg 1902
  • Adriel Driver Congdon ’02 (as in 2002)

Nicknames should be recorded in quotes, following the given name.


  • John “Jack” Doe ’12
  • Cassandra “Cassie” Smith ’01

When a husband and wife are both alumni, the husband’s first name and class year precedes the wife’s full name (including maiden name) and class year.


  • John ’05 and Jane Smith Doe ’04

If the husband is an alumnus and his wife is not, there is no need to include her maiden name.


  • John ’67 and Jane Doe

If the wife is an alumna and her husband is not, his name is written with no class year, followed by her full name (first, maiden, married) and class year.


  • John and Jane Smith Doe ’67

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9. Ampersand

Do not use the ampersand to replace “and” unless it is part of the actual name of an organization or company.


  • Baltimore & Ohio Railroad

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10. Bible Books

Bible books should be spelled out in running text but abbreviated in parenthetical use:

  • Genesis (Gen.)
  • Exodus (Exod.)
  • Leviticus (Lev.)
  • Numbers (Num.)
  • Deuteronomy (Deut.)
  • Joshua (Josh.)
  • Judges (Judg.)
  • Ruth
  • 1 Samuel (1 Sam.)
  • 2 Samuel (2 Sam.)
  • 1 Kings (1 Kings)
  • 2 Kings (2 Kings)
  • 1 Chronicles (1 Chron.)
  • 2 Chronicles (2 Chron.)
  • Ezra
  • Nehemiah (Neh.)
  • Esther
  • Job
  • Psalms (Ps.)
    • Plural of Psalms (Pss.)
  • Proverbs (Prov.)
  • Ecclesiastes (Eccles.)
  • (Song of Solomon (Song of Sol.)
  • Isaiah (Isa.)
  • Jeremiah (Jer.)
  • Lamentations (Lam.)
  • Ezekiel (Ezek.)
  • Daniel (Dan.)
  • Hosea (Hos.)
  • Joel
  • Amos
  • Obadiah (Obad.)
  • Jonah (Jon.)
  • Micah (Mic.)
  • Nahum (Nah.)
  • Habakkuk (Hab.)
  • Zephaniah (Zeph.)
  • Haggai (Hag.)
  • Zechariah (Zech.)
  • Malachi (Mal.)
  • Matthew (Matt.)
  • Mark
  • Luke
  • John
  • Acts
  • Romans (Rom.)
  • 1 Corinthians (1 Cor.)
  • 2 Corinthians (2 Cor.)
  • Galatians (Gal.)
  • Ephesians (Eph.)
  • Philippians (Phil.)
  • Colossians (Col.)
  • 1 Thessalonians (1 Thess.)
  • 2 Thessalonians (2 Thess.)
  • 1 Timothy (1 Tim.)
  • 2 Timothy (2 Tim.)
  • Titus
  • Philemon (Philem.)
  • Hebrews (Heb.)
  • James
  • 1 Peter (1 Pet.)
  • 2 Peter (2 Pet.)
  • 1 John
  • 2 John
  • 3 John
  • Jude
  • Revelation (Rev.)

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11. Bible Verse Quotations and References

Make certain all quoted material is accurate, down to the punctuation—unless it is clear that the quoted material is the author’s own paraphrase. Check every Scripture reference in text, even if you think you know the reference. To find most common versions of Scripture, please visit here.

Most Scripture quotations should be followed by specific references. Place the ending quotation marks after the verse or verses quoted and then follow with the reference in parentheses. The closing punctuation (usually a period) follows the reference and is placed outside the parentheses.


  • John 10:3, 5 (refers to verses 3 and 5)
  • John 10:3-5 (refers to verses 3, 4, and 5)
  • In 2 Timothy 2:15 (NIV), Paul is exhorting Timothy to…
  • Paul exhorts Timothy, “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved” (1 Tim. 2:15a, NIV).

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12. Bible Versions

When quoting from the Bible, in most cases, it is necessary to cite which version (abbreviated and set in small caps when used with the reference.


  • 1 Tim. 2:15, esv.

12.1. Bible Version Abbreviations

  • American Standard Version (ASV)
  • English Standard Version (ESV)
  • Good News Bible (GNB)
  • Jerusalem Bible
  • King James Version (KJV)
  • Living Bible (LB)
  • The Message (THEMESSAGE)
  • New American Bible (NAB)
  • New American Standard Bible (NASB)
  • New English Bible (NEB)
  • New International Version (NIV)
  • New Living Translation (NLT)
  • New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
  • New King James Version (NKJV)
  • Reader’s Digest Bible
  • Revised English Bible
  • Revised Standard Version (RSV)
  • Today’s New International Version (TNIV)

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13. Capitalization

13.1. Capitalization of Buildings/Locations

Campus buildings and locations should not be capitalized unless they are official names.


  • Wheaton’s library
  • Buswell Library
  • front campus

13.2. Capitalization of Common Words

  • administration
  • Alumni Board
  • alumni board members
  • Board of Trustees
  • email
  • e-newsletter
  • faculty
  • Internet
  • staff
  • trustees
  • Trustee Board
  • Web
  • website
  • webmaster
  • Wheaton College Board of Trustees

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13.3. Capitalization of Religious Terms

  • apostle Peter, et al.
  • biblical
  • body of Christ (the church)
  • Book of Genesis, et al.
  • Calvary
  • Christlike
  • church (body of Christ)
  • church (building)
  • church (service)
  • church universal
  • Church
    • The word church is capitalized when it forms part of a church or communion (denomination) name but not when it stands alone or is used to denote a religious organization of the world or a particular country.
    • Examples: 
      • Michael’s Roman Catholic Church, the Roman Catholic Church (but: the Catholic church)
      • the Reformed Church in America
      • the Church of England (but: Reformed churches, Anglican church, Presbyterian church)
  • Cross, the (event, not wood object)
  • Epistle to the Romans
  • Epistles, the
  • evangelical, evangelicalism
  • God’s Word (Bible)
  • Godlike
  • godly
  • godsend
  • Good News, the (the gospel)
  • gospel (adj.)
  • gospel (John’s gospel, et al.)
  • Gospel of John (et al.)
  • gospel, the (Good News)
  • Gospels, the
  • he, him, his (i.e., deity; lowercase pronouns for persons of the Trinity unless the meaning is unclear or ambiguous)
  • kingdom, the
  • kingdom of God
  • kingdom of heaven
  • non-Christian
  • Psalm (but: Psalm 30; Psalms 30-31)
  • psalmist, the
  • Reformation
  • Reformed theology
  • Reformers
  • Resurrection, the
  • Satan
  • satanic
  • scriptural
  • Scriptures(s) (Bible)
  • Sunday school
  • Trinity, the
  • unchristian
  • unscriptural
  • Word, the (Bible or Christ)
  • Word of God (Bible)

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14. College Archives, Buswell Library

See Special Collections, Buswell Library

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15. College, the

When the words the College are used instead of Wheaton College, the word College is capitalized. If used as an adjective, the word college is lowercased.


  • the college administration
  • the college community
  • After she graduated from the College, she attended Georgetown University for a master’s in linguistics.

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16. Colon

Leave a single character space, not two spaces, after colons used within a sentence. Capitalize what follows a colon if it is a complete sentence, but lowercase what follows the colon if it is not a sentence.


  • He revealed the truth: The senior bench was in his trunk.
  • We requested the following items: chairs, tables, and tablecloths.

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17. Commas in a Series (Serial Comma, Oxford Comma)

Elements in a series of three or more should be separated by commas, and when a conjunction joins the last two elements, a comma should be inserted before the conjunction.


  • The kindness, consideration, and personal interest of Wheaton’s professors made a lasting impression on him.
  • Each of the three authors places emphasis on creating spaces that are slow, reflective, quiet, and sacred.

When elements in a series are long, complex, and carry their own punctuation, they should be separated by a semicolon instead of a comma.


  • Adams Hall has two galleries for student and professional exhibits; studio spaces for painting, photography, and graphic design; and six smart classrooms.

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18. Conservatory of Music

Wheaton College’s Conservatory of Music should never be abbreviated to just “Conservatory.”  It should always be referred to as “Conservatory of Music.”

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19. Dates

19.1. Abbreviations for Days of the Week

  • Sunday (Sun.)
  • Monday (Mon.)
  • Tuesday(Tues.)
  • Wednesday (Wed.)
  • Thursday (Thurs.)
  • Friday (Fri.)
  • Saturday (Sat.)

19.2. Centuries

Particular centuries are spelled out and lowercased.


  • the twenty-first century
  • a twentieth-century phenomenon
  • the eighth and ninth centuries
  • from the twelfth to the fourteenth century
  • the nineteen hundreds

19.3. Decades

When referring to decades, add an s (but no apostrophe) to the year.


  • the 1960s.

19.4. Months

Abbreviations for months:

  • January (Jan.)
  • February (Feb.)
  • March (Mar.)
  • April (Apr.)
  • May (May)
  • June (June)
  • July (July)
  • August (Aug.)
  • September (Sept.)
  • October (Oct.)
  • November (Nov.)
  • December (Dec.)

19.5. Month and Year

Do not place a comma between month and year if the day of the month is omitted. Always spell out the month.


  • We changed typesetters in March 1983. 

19.6. Month, Day, and Year

When the usual month-day-year sequence is used, the year is always set off within commas, and the day is always listed as an Arabic figure without st, nd, rd, or th.


  • Grover Cleveland was born on March 18, 1837, and became the 22nd and 24th President of the United States. 

19.7. Seasons and Semesters

In general, lowercase the names of seasons and semesters (autumn, fall, spring, summer, winter), even when used with a year.


  • fall 2013
  • spring ’88

19.8 Years

When abbreviating a particular year, use an apostrophe to show the omission: class of ’80. When connecting multiple years with a hyphen, only include the last two digits of the final year, except if the last year is in a different century from the first year.


  • 2013-14
  • 1987-93
  • 1999-2001

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20. Emeritus Status

Titles for professors who have been granted emeritus status should be written in the following style as per the college catalog:


  • Professor of (discipline) Emeritus

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21. For Christ and His Kingdom

See “motto”

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22. HoneyRock

It is preferred that, at its first mention, both the title and description of HoneyRock are used: HoneyRock – Outdoor Center for Leadership Development of Wheaton College. Thereafter, use HoneyRock. (HoneyRock Camp should never be used.)

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23. Hyphens

Use hyphens (not en-dashes) to separate numbers, months, and years; but never use a hyphen to replace the word “to” when preceded by “from.”


  • 4:00-5:00 p.m.
  • from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
  • 55-70
  • September-June
  • from September to June

Hyphens should be used for clarity when a compound adjective precedes a noun, and the omission of the hyphen would cause ambiguity. Do not hyphenate compounds formed by an adverb ending in “ly” plus an adjective or participle. Generally, if you are undecided about whether or not to hyphenate, don’t.


  • Christ-centered education
  • User-friendly website
  • Nicely phrased sentence
  • Self-motivated employees
  • 100-year-old tradition

When forming nouns, adjectives, and verbs that indicate occupation or status, use a hyphen; for other combinations of words, you don’t need one.


  • co-author
  • co-pilot
  • co-worker
  • co-owner
  • coeducational
  • coexist

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24. Initials for Personal Names

A space should be placed between initials that are used as names, except when initials are used alone.


  • C. S. Lewis
  • J. R. R. Tolkien
  • JFK

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25. Motto

When used as Wheaton’s motto, “For Christ and His Kingdom” should be written in title case and placed within quotation marks (not italicized). If you are using the words - for Christ and his kingdom - as content, but not as the motto, note the differences in capitalization. No quotes are used.

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26. Numbers

All cardinal numbers above 10 are written as figures; all below 10 are spelled out. The number ten is a “swing” figure: spell it out when used alone or with numbers under ten; use the figure 10 if other numbers in the context are above 10. If one number in a sentence is written as a figure (above 10), all the rest of the numbers relating to the same class of things must be written as figures as well. This should hold true through the entire paragraph.


  • He met with five alumni.
  • They invited ten professors.
  • She spoke to 10 students and 14 parents.
  • There were 23 students in the class, and 5 came late.
  • INCORRECT: There were 23 students in the class, and five came late.

Avoid beginning a sentence with a number, but if you must, spell it out.


  • Two hundred and twenty-three people attended the event.
  • The event was attended by 223 people.
  • INCORRECT: 223 people attended the event.

(Note: Do not use superscripts when abbreviating ordinal numbers.)

Use a comma whenever numbers get into the thousands.


  • 5,263
  • 125,000

However, do not use a comma when referring to a year.


  • 1998
  • 2012

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27. Titles of Events and Works of Visual and Performing Art

27.1. Capitalization


  • all proper nouns
  • all verbs, regardless of length
  • all other major words

27.2. Double Quotation Marks

Place double quotation marks around the titles of

  • speeches and lectures
  • panel discussions
  • art exhibitions
  • short musical works (such as songs, or sonatas)
  • individual episodes or segments of podcasts or webcasts

27.3. Italics

Italicize the titles of

  • films
  • plays
  • books
  • print newspapers, magazines, and journals
  • long musical works (such as operas and symphonies)
  • visual artworks (such as paintings)
  • TV show series, and series of podcasts or webcasts
  • sound and video recordings

27.4. Lowercase


  • prepositions
  • articles such as a, an, the
  • the second part of a hyphenated compound (unless that second part is a proper noun, or adjective)

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28. Unbiased Language

Writing should not equate a person's circumstances with that person's essential identity.


  • "a homeless man" should be called "a man who is homeless"

Refer to someone's ethnicity or race only if it is relevant to what you are writing. When such a reference is called for, inquire about the preference of the person you are writing about.

Replace gender-specific words with gender-neutral ones.


  • Use "humankind" instead of mankind

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29. Wheaton's Academic Entities

29.1. Academic Divisions

Within the divisions, there are academic departments, centers, institutes, and programs.

Within the departments, there are degree programs, certificate programs, special programs, and centers and institutes.

Within the schools and divisions, there are degree programs, certificate programs, and centers and institutes.

For a full list of programs, please visit here.

When a list of degrees is presented to an audience related to Wheaton College Graduate School, the degrees should be listed with doctoral degrees first. When a list of degrees is presented to an audience related to Wheaton College, the degrees should be listed with bachelor's degrees first.

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Names and Designations of Academic Divisions

  • School of Biblical and Theological Studies
  • School of Mission, Ministry, and Leadership
  • School of Psychology, Counseling, and Family Therapy
  • Division of Natural and Social Sciences
  • Division of Humanities
  • Division of the Conservatory, Arts, and Communication
  • Division of Global Programs and Studies

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Division of Natural and Social Sciences

  • Department of Applied Health Science
  • Department of Biology
  • Department of Chemistry
  • Department of Geology and Environmental Science
  • Department of Math and Computer Science
  • Department of Physics and Engineering
  • Department of Business and Economics
  • Department of Education
  • Department of Politics and International Relations
  • Department of Sociology and Anthropology
  • Department of Applied Linguistics and International Education

Division of Humanities

  • Department of English
  • Department of Modern and Classical Languages
  • Department of History
  • Department of Philosophy

Division of the Conservatory, Arts, and Communication

  • Wheaton College Conservatory of Music
  • Department of Art
  • Department of Communication

Division of Global Programs and Studies

  • Center for Urban Engagement
  • Wheaton in Chicago
  • HoneyRock, the Outdoor Center for Leadership Development of Wheaton College
  • Human Needs and Global Resources
  • Study Abroad

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29.2. Centers and Institutes

Billy Graham Center

  • Use BGC after first mention
  • BGC is part of the School of Mission, Ministry, and Leadership
  • The Billy Graham Center Archives and the Billy Graham Center Museum are not part of the BGC

Center for Applied Christian Ethics

  • Use CACE after first mention
  • CACE is part of the Division of Humanities

Center for Urban Engagement

  • Use CUE after first mention
  • CUE is part of the Division of Global Programs and Studies

English Language Institute of China

  • Use ELIC after first mention.
  • ELIC is part of the Division of Natural and Social Sciences


  • Use HoneyRock after first mention.
  • HoneyRock Camp should never be used.
  • HoneyRock is part of the Division of Global Programs and Studies

Humanitarian Disaster Institute

  • Use HDI after first mention
  • HDI is part of the School of Mission, Ministry, and Leadership

Institute for Cross-Cultural Training

  • Use ICCT after first mention
  • ICCT is part of the Division of Natural and Social Sciences

Opus: The Art of Work

  • Use Opus after first mention
  • Opus is part of Academic Affairs

Marion E. Wade Center

  • Use Wade Center after first mention
  • Wade Center is part of Wheaton College Library and Archives

Wheaton Center for Faith, Politics, and Economics

  • Use FPE after first mention
  • FPE is part of the Division of Natural and Social Sciences

Wheaton Center for Early Christian Studies

  • Use WCECS after first mention
  • WCECS is part of the School of Biblical and Theological Studies

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29.3. Other Academic Entities

Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps

  • Use ROTC after first mention
  • Department of Military Science

Billy Graham Center Archives

  • Billy Graham Center Museum

Core Studies

  • Core Studies is the name of the department.
  • Christ at the Core, part of Core Studies, is the name of Wheaton's general education curriculum.
  • Also included in Core Studies are the Christ at the Core Fall Series, Core Book, the First Year Seminar, and the Advanced Integrative Seminar.

Library and Archives

  • Buswell Library
  • When referring to the library as a whole, call it “Buswell Library.”

Special Collections, Buswell Library

  • When referring to the department of special collections, use "Special Collections, Buswell Library"
  • Use "Special Collections" after the first mention.
  • "college archives" is a collection within the Special Collections, and should not be used to refer to a location, department, facility, or the like. The collection documents the history of Wheaton College, and its predecessor, the Illinois Institute.

Marion E. Wade Center

  • Use Wade Center after first mention
  • Wade Center is part of Wheaton College Libraries and Archives

Wheaton College Graduate School

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