A number of schools, especially liberal arts colleges, award degrees with the title AB or SB. MIT, for one, only awards SB degrees, even for an English Literature major. Brown is a somewhat more peculiar case, in that their Bachelor of Science degrees are designated by Sc.B. (which just writing BSc/B.Sc backwards, which by the way, is the degree awarded in English, Indian, Australian and now, many European institutions, including German ones) Frankly, the case of Brown just screams "hey, look at us, we're so pompous!" but maybe I'm wrong and there's a good reason for that. There's also the case of certain schools who award a BA degree for a science subject, say a BA in Physics, instead of BS if one chose to not do a thesis or opted out of some labs. Also, a few universities, award only a B.A for all undergraduate degrees, with the exception of "undergraduate master's degrees" in the case of Engineering, Mathematics and Sciences (even then, one is still awarded a BA after the 3rd year). In the case of the UK, these would Oxford, Cambridge, Edingburgh and Durham. (not certain on the last two) The French have an even more elaborate system and they happen to call their undergraduate degree the "Licence". So much for the Bologna process... At least, they are making an effort to change their system a bit and the DEA, DESS and Maitrise are being replaced in favour of the Master's degree... Would things not be a lot less complicated if everything were to be standardised? It took me hours and hours of reading to get to speed with all this mumbo-jumbo.