State University System of Florida – Board of Governors 8.006 Civic Literacy

[Updated 10/3/2018]

The Civic Literacy requirement applies to undergraduate degree-seeking students initially entering a State University System (SUS) institution fall semester 2018 and thereafter.  Students must demonstrate competency in civic literacy through one of the following options prior to graduation:

(a) Successfully passing either POS X041 American Government or AMH X020 Introductory Survey Since 1877 in Fall 2018 or later. Each of the courses must include the following competencies:

  1. Understanding of the basic principles and practices of American democracy and how they are applied in our republican form of government;
  2. An understanding of the United States Constitution and its application;
  3. Knowledge of the founding documents and how they have shaped the nature and functions of our institutions of self-government; and
  4. An understanding of landmark Supreme Court cases, landmark legislation and landmark executive actions and their impact on law and society.

(b) Achieving the standard score on one of the following assessments:

  • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Naturalization Test – Civics (U.S. History and Government) with supplemental questions (available beginning fall 2018) – Score 60
  • Advanced Placement Government and Politics: United States – Score 3
  • Advanced Placement United States History – Score 4
  • CLEP American Government – Score 50

TRANSFER STUDENTS:  This requirement applies to all transfer students who are initially entering an SUS institution as an undergraduate degree-seeking student starting in Fall 2018, including those who transfer with an AA degree. All undergraduate degree-seeking students who transfer in from any institution outside the SUS, including private or out-of-state institutions, who have not satisfied this requirement through an approved course or assessment, must complete this requirement prior to graduating.