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Lists

This section provides an overview of commonly used lists and how to create them.

Several arrangements for lists are described below. Each arrangement has unique requirements, but all use only one type of phrasing to construct list items: either full sentences or phrases.

Academic courses

Lists of courses, such as in the ASU Academic Catalog, are shown in a vertical format, indented and without punctuation.

Place courses in alphanumeric order by prefix and course number, and place credit hours in parentheses.

Do not use bullets or numbering.

General Studies requirements follow the credit hours, offset with a comma.

ASU 101 The ASU Experience (1)

ENG 101 First-year Composition (3)

GCU 102 Social and Behavioral Sciences (3), SB

MAT 170 Precalculus (3)

Bulleted lists

Use the bulleted-list style for information that is not required or is in random order (as opposed to numbered lists, below).

The introductory phrase or sentence does not determine capitalization or punctuation for the bulleted statements, nor does the corresponding bulleted content. Instead, bulleted statements begin with capital letters and end with periods, per AP style.

Use parallel construction, beginning each bulleted line with the same part of speech (noun, verb, etc).

If a sentence fragment requires further explanation, use an asterisk at the end of the fragment to point to a footnote. See Additional note, below, for examples.

Examples:

Being an ASU Sun Devil means:

  • Helpfulness is your middle name.
  • Interdisciplinary studies excite you.
  • You have an inquiring mind.

Three concentration areas are available:

  • Educational linguistics.
  • English as an international language.
  • Indigenous language education.

These ASU academic calendar changes take effect this spring:

  • Two 7 1/2-week sessions within the existing 15-week spring and fall semesters.
  • Earlier start for the spring semester than in the past.
  • Five-week summer sessions extended to six weeks.

Do not use the lead statement to create a single sentence broken into bulleted statements:

First-time college residents tend to

  • bring too many items from home,
  • forget the most important ones,
  • wish they had left some things, and
  • end up with similar items their roommates brought.

Numbered lists

Use the numbered list style for information that is required or is in a specific order, such as step-by-step instructions, and arrange the lines in sequence.

The introductory phrase or sentence does not determine capitalization or punctuation for the numbered statements, nor does the corresponding numbered content. Instead, numbered statements begin with capital letters and end with periods, per AP style.

Use parallel construction, beginning each numbered line with the same part of speech (noun, verb, etc).

If a sentence fragment requires further explanation, use an asterisk at the end of the fragment to point to a footnote.

See Additional note, below, for examples.

Examples:

To be considered for admission, you must submit these items:

  1. Online application.
  2. Required fees.
  3. Test scores.
  4. Transcripts.

Follow these steps to get into your first choice of classes:

  1. Submit your university application early.
  2. Meet with an advisor.
  3. Complete your course registration online.
  4. Pay your fees by the deadline.

Additional note

Fragments needing clarification

If a sentence fragment requires further explanation, use an asterisk at the fragment to point to a footnote.

Another solution is to use the paragraph preceding the list or immediately following it to clarify the information in detail.

Example:

In addition to the general requirements for admission to Graduate Education, applicants must also provide:

  • Online graduate education application.
  • Statement of purpose outlining career and educational goals.
  • Current curriculum vitae or resume.*

*The resume should demonstrate how professional experience will help the student succeed in this program.

Not:

In addition to the general requirements for admission to Graduate Education, applicants must also provide:

  • Online graduate education application.
  • Statement of purpose outlining career and educational goals.
  • Current curriculum vitae or resume. Resume should demonstrate how professional experience will help the student succeed in this program.