Personal Statement - Capitalising first letter of subject?

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This is probably just pedantry on my part, but is there a correct/conventional way to type the name of your subject - i.e. should I be writing "biology" or "Biology"?

I realised I was being inconsistent with this so went through my personal statement converting them all to the same format... and then realised I didn't know which format was right (or, indeed, whether it mattered).
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It's capitalised. Can't explain why without sounding like an idiot though, GCSE English feels like a long time ago
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Biology.
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Speedy replies - thanks.
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Capitalised, for sure.
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subjects should not be capitalised unless it's a language e.g French, English
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Just try always placing the subject at the start of senetences when you talk about it? that way you can't be wrong :ninja:
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(Original post by windsock)
This is probably just pedantry on my part, but is there a correct/conventional way to type the name of your subject - i.e. should I be writing "biology" or "Biology"?

I realised I was being inconsistent with this so went through my personal statement converting them all to the same format... and then realised I didn't know which format was right (or, indeed, whether it mattered).
http://www.informatics.sussex.ac.uk/...on/node27.html

plus i don't know why you didn't just research it yourself
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I'd usually capitalise if it's a specific school subject, e.g. A-level Biology etc, but if it's a discipline/general field of study I'd keep it lower case, e.g. "in the field of biological sciences...." etc.
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Technically it probably shouldn't - practically it nearly always is.
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I was wondering this also and should i write maths or mathematics
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I was wondering this also and should i write maths or mathematics
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(Original post by Helen_J)
http://www.informatics.sussex.ac.uk/...on/node27.html

plus i don't know why you didn't just research it yourself
I've found other websites that say capitalise it only when referring to a specific course, but not when referring to a general field of study (along the lines of what Excalibur said). Websites contradict each other. And I know people contradict each other too, but at least you can interact with people

Anyway, cheers everyone who's replied -and pudlump, I'd go with mathematics personally.
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(Original post by windsock)
I've found other websites that say capitalise it only when referring to a specific course, but not when referring to a general field of study (along the lines of what Excalibur said). Websites contradict each other. And I know people contradict each other too, but at least you can interact with people

Anyway, cheers everyone who's replied -and pudlump, I'd go with mathematics personally.
yes this could be the case, plus i don't think it matters that much anyway considering they're gonna be reading so many PSs
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what about for Architecture? My natural impulse is to capitalise, especially when I write Architect as that is a title. Anyone know if that's right?
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what about for Architecture? My natural impulse is to capitalise, especially when I write Architect as that is a title. Anyone know if that's right?
i don't think so ... because you're supposed to use a capital letter for proper nouns, places and people and architect isn't any of these
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I would think it wouldn't matter too much, as long as you consistently use one form or the other.
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I wouldn't write with a capital letter...i did for my first draft and it just looked wrong when i printed it and read it...

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If I were you I would capitalise the first letter e.g 'History', instead of 'history'. Just looks better. But don't go writing 'Historians' unless it's the beginning of the sentence obv
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(Original post by Yellow Bentines)
I would think it wouldn't matter too much, as long as you consistently use one form or the other.
That rather depends upon whether you want to come across as knowing how to write properly in English.

As has been pointed out previously, subject names are common nouns and do not merit an initial capital. The main exception is if the subject is also the name of a language, of course. Whether it looks better is immaterial.

Bring back English grammar lessons!
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