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Originally used to designate in broad terms subjects in which teaching was available and degrees conferred (Arts, Divinity, Law, Medicine, Music). Faculties in a broad range of subjects were (re-)created by the statutes of 1926, many of them replacing the earlier Boards of Studies. The term is now often used more specifically and less consistently to describe the assorted individuals annually listed as having more or less involvement in teaching in a subject or group of subjects, the persons appointed to the Faculty Board, or even the building in which a faculty is housed. The Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages, and many scientific faculties are sub-divided into departments which are in many respects autonomous.