A Bachelor of Arts (commonly abbreviated as a B.A.) is a globally recognized academic degree awarded to undergraduates for completion of their course. The degree generally takes three years to complete, but will vary depend on the country, institution, subject area and courses selected. Programs resulting in a Bachelor of Arts degree are generally more focused on practical implication, artistic skills, and students are expected to concentrate with a creative mind on mastering the technical and practical facets of their field. Bachelor of Arts degrees are usually offered in either the liberal arts, the sciences or both covering areas like social sciences, humanities, music or fine arts.