Section subtitles can be added to course sections in Offerings Planner when a department wishes to provide more specific information about the course section's content. 

Because section subtitles print on student transcripts, it is important to follow the guidance outlined on this page to ensure proper formatting. 

Section subtitles are reviewed by the Office of the Registrar and will, in some cases, be updated, reformatted or removed. 

Section Subtitle Do's

Subtitles should be short and specific to the section topic or description.

Subtitles are limited to 128 characters (four lines on the student transcript).

Subtitles should follow University of Iowa Editorial Style guidelines unless otherwise noted on this webpage.

Proper capitalization of a sentence.

Subtitles must be in English; convert all other languages to English.

Use a comma or semicolon to separate ideas or phrases rather than a space–hyphen–space.

Use of semicolon in section subtitle to separate topics.


Comma used after third or more item in a section subtitle.

The abbreviation should be found online as the only abbreviation when doing an internet browser search—or it shows in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary—in order to use it in a subtitle. 

Section Subtitle Don'ts

"TBD" should not be used as a placeholder for a future subtitle. Leave the section subtitle field blank until you have a subtitle to enter. 

Instructor names should never be included in a section subtitle. 

Do not use a section subtitle to identify a student or cohort of students (graduate students, PMBA students, Nursing majors, etc). This information should go in the Registration Information field. 

Spell out the word "and," as the ampersand shows up as HTML code on transcripts. 

Only plain text should be used for section subtitles. No italics, bold, or other formatting, and no URLs or hyperlinks.

Section subtitles are italicized on transcripts. To indicate a book title use quotation marks. 

Section subtitles should not duplicate a course title.

The exception to this is for traditional and Law study abroad courses with subject codes ABRD, INTL or LWAB.

Subtitle repeating course title allowed with Study Abroad courses.

Additional Information about Subtitle Content

  • The word “the” is usually lower case in a title, except when it’s the first word in the title, or when it comes right after a colon.

The capitalized at beginning of subtitle and lowercase when preceding a title or song.
  • Accents do not always show in MyUI and will show html code instead. It is recommended to remove all accents until the semester/session ends, and then replace them prior to final grade run.

  • If a course is set up with related sections, the subtitle should be placed on the section(s) with the credit hours in order for the subtitle to show on the student transcript. The exception to this rule is for English courses, which pull from all sections no matter where the credit hours are listed.

  • Subtitles may include location (e.g., city, state, country, University of…, Upper Iowa River); the subject (when several sections of the course are offered with different subject content); and as a spring break course (enter as “Spring Break Course … “ in the subtitle field to identify these courses versus other spring semester courses).

Spring Break may be used in a section subtitle for spring break courses.
  • Any “&nsp” code needs to be removed from the subtitle, as well as any <p> and </p> codes. These codes can be seen in MyUI, or by spacing issues in the subtitles field in MAUI Planner. They also can be found using the section subtitle editing window in MAUI Planner and selecting the source code option < > on the menu bar. 

How to Create a Section Subtitle in MAUI

Use search field in offerings planner to find the course section.
Section Subtitle link and Basic Information link in course section.

Text added to subtitle field.

Green bar with message confirming subtitle was saved.

Section subtitle text now appears within the course section.

Additional Help with Section Subtitles

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