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Bachelor of Arts (B.A. or A.B.), from the Latin artium baccalaureus, is a bachelor's degree awarded for an undergraduate course or program in either the liberal arts, the sciences, or both. Bachelor of Arts degree programs generally last three to four years depending upon the country, academic institution, and specific majors or minors.

The liberal arts focus of a Bachelor of Arts degree is usually contrasted with the Bachelor of Science, which typically requires a greater focus on coursework in mathematics and science. The academic focus of a Bachelor of Arts occasionally overlaps with the Bachelor of Fine Arts, with the latter placing greater emphasis on studio and performance experience.

Diplomas generally give the name of the institution, signatures of officials of the institution (generally the president or rector of the university as well as the secretary or dean of the component college), the type of degree conferred, the conferring authority and the location at which the degree is conferred. Degree diplomas generally are printed on high quality paper or parchment, use ornate lettering and often include archaic terminology or languages. Individual institutions set the preferred abbreviation for their degrees.

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