Department

Department may refer to:

  • A department is a part of a larger organization with a specific responsibility. For the division of organizations into departments, see departmentalization.
In particular:
  • A government department in Australia, Canada, Ireland, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States, corresponding to a ministry in other systems:
    • Department (Australia)
    • Department (Canada)
    • Department (Sweden)
    • Department (Switzerland)
    • Department (United Kingdom)
    • Department (United States)
  • Department (administrative division)- a geographical and administrative division within a country.
  • One of the Departments of France, a d├ępartement
  • One of the Departments of Colombia
  • Part of an institution such as a commercial company (see departmentalization) or a non-profit organization such as a university.
    • Academic department
  • A department store is a retail store that includes many specialized departments such as clothing or household items.
  • Part of a state or municipal government:
    • Fire department
    • Police department
  • In the US military:
    • "Department" is a term used by the U.S. Army, mostly prior to World War I.
    • A naval Department is a section devoted to one of several major tasks.
  • In the magazine context:
    • Articles, essays and columns that follow a certain consistency under one topic.

Department may also refer to:

  • Department (film), is a Bollywood film released in June 2012

Famous quotes containing the word department:

    “Which is more important to you, your field or your children?” the department head asked. She replied, “That’s like asking me if I could walk better if you amputated my right leg or my left leg.”
    —Anonymous Parent. As quoted in Women and the Work Family Dilemma, by Deborah J. Swiss and Judith P. Walker, ch. 2 (1993)

    ... the Department of Justice is committed to asking one central question of everything we do: What is the right thing to do? Now that can produce debate, and I want it to be spirited debate. I want the lawyers of America to be able to call me and tell me: Janet, have you lost your mind?
    Janet Wood Reno (b. 1938)

    I believe in women; and in their right to their own best possibilities in every department of life. I believe that the methods of dress practiced among women are a marked hindrance to the realization of these possibilities, and should be scorned or persuaded out of society.
    Elizabeth Stuart Phelps (1844–1911)