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  • A bachelor's degree is usually earned for an undergraduate course of study that nominally requires three to five years of study. In some cases, it may also be the name of a second graduate degree, such as a Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Civil Law, the Bachelor of Music, the Bachelor of Philosophy, or the Bachelor of Sacred Theology, degree which in some countries are only offered after a first graduate/bachelor's degree. The term bachelor in the 14th century referred to a young squire in training, and by the end of the century was also used of junior members of guilds or universities. By folk etymology or wordplay, the word baccalaureus came to be associated with bacca lauri or "laurel berry" in reference to laurels being awarded for academic success or honours. Under the British system, and those influenced by it, undergraduate degrees are differentiated either as pass degrees or as Honours degrees, the latter sometimes denoted by the appearance of "" after the degree abbreviation. An Honours degree generally requires a higher academic standard than a pass degree, and in some universities a fourth year of study. In some countries, e.g. Wikipedia

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