A Bachelor of Arts in English is an example of a baccalaureate.
Origin of baccalaureate
- Medieval Latin baccalaureātus from baccalārius bachelor (influenced by laureātus crowned with laurel) bachelor
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- During the Renaissance, doctors, upon passing their final examinations, were decorated with berried branches of bay. From this ancient custom derives the French word baccalaureate (from the Latin "bacca," a berry, and "laureus," of laurel), and, by modification, the term "bachelor" in referring to a college degree.