While degree offerings and naming conventions for different degrees vary by school, some common Bachelor of Arts degrees are a B.A. in psychology and B.A. in English. Other common B.A. degrees include academic majors in history, philosophy and religion. Graduates with B.A. degrees typically earn more after college than those who didn't attend college.
Most B.A. degrees typically involve the study of general humanities, social science, science and math, along with a focused study in an area of humanities, social science or art. This focused study often involves specialized upper-division courses in a select major. For example, students earning a B.A. in psychology may take general education and elective courses at an introductory level while also taking both introductory and advanced classes in psychology. Classes in the psychology major often cover topics such as human development, psychological research methods, perception and cognitive psychology.
Students pursuing a B.A. in English may also take similar general education and elective courses at lower levels. However, students in the English major generally complete upper-level requirements in topics such as American and British literature, foreign language, advanced grammar and technical writing. The focus in these B.A. programs is often the development of communication and critical thinking skills, rather than direct training for employment.