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Know the differences between a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science

Let’s say you want to study in the U.S and you start doing some research about possible universities or professions to get into, and you notice one particular thing: people talk about a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science. You have no idea what are the differences? We will explain it to you.

We know that understanding all educational systems around the world can be a difficult task and if we want to make the right decision for ourselves it’s important to know which option suits best our vocation.  

In the United States specifically there are two main branches: arts and science. In fact, you might even find the same career in both specialties. So, what’s the difference between them?

Bachelor of Arts

As its name pretty much says this branch is more focused in arts, literature and human studies. Usually, this specialization offers a much more wider curricula related with liberal arts such as history, social sciences, communication and foreign languages.

Students of this bachelor more than being specialized to a deep level in a specific topic must earn credits in different classes related to liberal arts. What makes it attractive is the fact that it gives a variety of classes in order to fulfill the requirements of the career and it also allows the students to create their own schedules according to their personal goals and interests.

In a few words, those who study a Bachelor of arts tend to have a much wider education regarding many topics, always related with arts. You can say they know a bit about everything.

These are a few of the professions and careers you’ll find in this bachelor:

  • English
  • Communications
  • Music
  • Modern Languages
  • Arts

However, there are a lot more options you can find according to your vocation.


Bachelor of Science

If we go to the other side, we’ll find the Bachelor of Sciences which offer a much more specialized education about a pretty specific career. Unlike arts, in this branch students will learn about technology, maths, computer science and many others.

Due to the deep-level of education in the classes of this specialization its students must stick only to the curricula of their career and have way less opportunities to take classes outside of it, unlike in a Bachelor of Arts.

In other words, this branch is much more technical and requires more career related credits to fulfil all the classes that the tuition demands. It is expected from students to focus all their academic energies in dominating the technical and practical facets of their area.

That’s why we find careers such as:

  • Medicine
  • Biochemistry
  • Nursery
  • Engineer

know-the-differences-between-a-bachelor-of-arts-and-a-bachelor-of-science-2 Keep in mind that no specialization is better than the other, in fact they’re both perceived the same around the world and no matter what you choose, you can start a Master if that’s what you want in the future. Your choice will depend entirely in your vocation: do you want a much wider education about humanistic topics or to be specialized in sciences?

And if you already have an idea of what you want to study the best you can do is research: which classes does your ideal career include? Does it really fit what you want to do for the rest of your life? And if it appears in both branches find out which one is more like you. Remember they have a completely different approach of the same profession.

It may help you understand that by comparison a Bachelor of Science tend to develop analytical abilities and of detailed understanding of information, whilst when we talk about art it’ll help you improve your writing, communication and comprehension abilities.

No matter what you choose, always keep in mind it should make you happy and be your true vocation. That’s the key to become a successful professional!


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