Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor's degree awarded for an undergraduate program in the arts, or, in some cases, other disciplines.

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Undergraduate education

Education conducted after secondary education and before postgraduate education.

Liberal arts colleges such as Pomona College (pictured) generally offer exclusively undergraduate education.
Federal University of Ceará
The University of Virginia
The University of Hong Kong
The University of Madras
The University of the Punjab

The most common bachelor's degrees are Bachelor of Arts (BA or AB) and Bachelor of Science (BS or SB), but other degrees such as Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Bachelor of Music (BM), Bachelor of Social Work (BSW), Bachelor of Engineering (BE), Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), and Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) are also possible.

Bachelor's degree

Undergraduate academic degree awarded by colleges and universities upon completion of a course of study lasting three to six years (depending on institution and academic discipline).

The two most common bachelor's degrees are the Bachelor of Arts (BA) and the Bachelor of Science (BS or BSc).

Bachelor of Science

A Bachelor of Science (BS, '''B.Sc.

Whether Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degrees are awarded in particular subjects varies between universities.

Master of Arts (Oxford, Cambridge, and Dublin)

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In the universities of Oxford, Cambridge, and Dublin, Bachelors of Arts are promoted to the degree of Master of Arts or Master in Arts (MA) on application after six or seven years' seniority as members of the university (including years as an undergraduate).

Ancient university

The ancient universities are British and Irish medieval universities and early modern universities founded before the year 1600.

The University of Oxford, the oldest university in the English-speaking world
The University of St Andrews, the oldest university in Scotland and the third oldest in Britain and Ireland.
University of Oxford
University of Cambridge
University of St Andrews
University of Glasgow
University of Aberdeen
University of Edinburgh
University of Dublin

The ancient universities in Scotland confer the MA degree at graduation with honours and a final mark; in contrast, the ancient universities in England and Ireland award the MA purely after a period of good standing following graduation as Bachelor of Arts, usually around three years.

Bill Watterson

Retired American cartoonist and the author of the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes, which was syndicated from 1985 to 1995.

Benjamin Franklin's Join, or Die (1754), credited as the first cartoon published in an American newspaper

From 1976 to 1980, Watterson attended Kenyon College and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science.

Bram Stoker

Irish author who is celebrated for his 1897 Gothic horror novel Dracula.

Stoker c. 1906
Bram Stoker's former home featuring a commemorative plaque, Kildare Street, Dublin
The first edition cover of Dracula
Slains Castle, Cruden Bay. The early chapters of Dracula were written in Cruden Bay, and Slains Castle possibly provided visual inspiration for Bram Stoker during the writing phase.
Bram Stoker Commemorative Plaque, Whitby, England
Urn which contains Stoker's ashes in Golders Green Crematorium

He graduated with a BA in 1870, and pursued his MA in 1875.

Albert Camus

Algerian-born French philosopher, author, dramatist and journalist.

Portrait from New York World-Telegram and Sun Photograph Collection, 1957
A 20th-century postcard of the University of Algiers
Simone Weil
Albert Camus's gravestone
The bronze plaque on the monument to Camus in the town of Villeblevin, France. Translated from French, it reads: "From the General Council of the Yonne Department, in homage to the writer Albert Camus whose remains lay in vigil at the Villeblevin town hall on the night of 4 to 5 January 1960"
The monument to Camus built in Villeblevin, where he died in a car crash on 4 January 1960
Camus crowning Stockholm's Lucia on 13 December 1957, three days after accepting the Nobel Prize in Literature
Administrative organization of French Algeria between 1905 and 1955

In 1933, Camus enrolled at the University of Algiers and completed his licence de philosophie (BA) in 1936; after presenting his thesis on Plotinus.

Carl Sagan

American astronomer, planetary scientist, cosmologist, astrophysicist, astrobiologist, author, and science communicator.

Sagan in 1980
Sagan in Rahway High School's 1951 yearbook
Sagan in University of Chicago's 1954 yearbook
Sagan in Cosmos (1980)
Carl Sagan popularized the Cosmic Calendar as a method to visualize the chronology of the universe, scaling its current age of 13.8 billion years to a single year in order to help intuit it for pedagogical purposes.
The Planetary Society members at the organization's founding. Sagan is seated on the right.
Pale Blue Dot: Earth is a bright pixel when photographed from Voyager 1, 6 e9km away. Sagan encouraged NASA to generate this image.
Sagan admitted that he had overestimated the danger posed by the 1991 Kuwaiti oil fires.
The United States and Soviet Union/Russia nuclear stockpiles, in total number of nuclear bombs/warheads in existence throughout the Cold War and post-Cold War era
Sagan in 1987
Sagan (center) speaks with CDC employees in 1988.
Stone dedicated to Sagan in the Celebrity Path of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden
NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal

Sagan joined the Ryerson Astronomical Society, received a B.A. degree in laughingly self-proclaimed "nothing" with general and special honors in 1954, and a B.S. degree in physics in 1955.

B. F. Skinner

American psychologist, behaviorist, author, inventor, and social philosopher.

Skinner at the Harvard Psychology Department, c. 1950
The gravestone of B. F. Skinner and his wife Eve at Mount Auburn Cemetery
The teaching machine, a mechanical invention to automate the task of programmed learning

After receiving his Bachelor of Arts in English literature in 1926, he attended Harvard University, where he would later research and teach.