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When using the word "department" after the name of a department, does one capitalize it? For example, "Advertising Department?"

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When using the word 'department' (or 'group', 'committee', and the like) as part of a recognized name it would be capitalized:

Bill recently joined the Advertising Department.

If using 'department' not as part of a specific name it would be lower case:

We had a party to welcome Bill to the department.

As a further note, you could also drop the 'Department' and re-write the first sentence as:

Bill recently moved to Advertising.

But if using 'advertising' not as the name of a specific department, but rather as a field of expertise, you would write:

Bill works in advertising.

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Excellent answer. +1 –  Jimi Oke Mar 27 '11 at 23:54
Should department be capitalised if it is used in the following context; "The department agreed ..."? –  sturner Apr 12 '11 at 15:38
In looking at it I can't see why it would be capitalised, unless you put something specific in front of it as in "The Accounts Department agreed ..." –  Snubian Apr 17 '11 at 23:56

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