Bachelor of Arts

bachelor's degree awarded for undergraduate study in liberal arts, the sciences or both
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A Bachelor of Arts or BA is a college degree. It takes three years to get it in Australia, Austria, Denmark, Estonia, England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Germany, Iceland, India, Israel, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Quebec, Pakistan, Singapore, South Africa, and Switzerland. It takes four years in Canada, Republic of Ireland, Scotland, Japan, United States, Republic of Korea, and the Philippines. Bachelor of Arts is often written as "BA" or "B.A." The Latin term is artium baccalaureus so some colleges use the abbreviation of "AB" or "A.B."[1]

Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Design (Graphic Design) granted by the University of Derby in 2014

The word "arts" means the liberal arts. Compared to Bachelor of Science degrees, Bachelor of Arts often require more courses outside the main field of study. A Bachelor of Arts can be awarded in the sciences, social sciences, or humanities.


  1. "Degree Abbreviations". Harvard University. Archived from the original on 30 October 2015. Retrieved 9 January 2016.