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Liberal Studies

for the 21st Century

Civic Literacy Requirement

FSU undergraduate students must complete the State of Florida’s Civic Literacy requirement prior to receiving their bachelor’s degree.

  • All first-time in college (FTIC) students who entered FSU starting in Summer C/Fall 2018 or later must meet the requirement.
  • Transfer students who entered FSU (or another Florida public college or university) as degree-seeking in Fall 2018 or later must meet the requirement, including:
    • Students with an AA degree.
    • Students pursuing an additional bachelor’s degree.
    • Students who transferred from out-of-state.
    • Students who transferred from a private college or university in Florida.
  • Students who transferred to FSU from another Florida public college or university who were enrolled as undergraduate degree-seeking students prior to Fall 2018 are not subject to the requirement.

Students can satisfy the Civic Literacy requirement by doing one of the following:

  • completing either POS1041 American National Government with a grade of "C-" or higher;
  • completing AMH2020 A History of the United States Since 1877 with a grade of “C-“ or higher;
  • receiving credit for either POS1041 or AMH2020 (see note below about dual enrollment), or through completion of one or more of the following:
    • Advanced Placement Government and Politics: United States exam with a score of 3 or more.
    • Advanced Placement United States History exam with a score of 4 or more.
    • CLEP American Government exam with a score of 50 or more; or by
  • obtaining a score of 60 out of 100 on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Naturalization Test (Civic Literacy Exam), administered at the FSU Testing Center at no charge.
Important Notes

IB and AICE test credits do not fulfill the Civic Literacy requirement.

The State of Florida Board of Governors has ruled that successful completion of POS1041, American National Government or AMH2020, A History of the United States Since 1877 does not meet the State requirement if the course was taken as a dual enrollment course prior to Fall 2018. The courses offered prior to this time are not seen as meeting the competencies mandated for the Civic Literacy requirement.

The Civic Literacy Exam is available at the FSU Testing Center at no charge!

Not in Tallahassee? Any student unable to take the Florida Civic Literacy exam at the Testing Center on the FSU Tallahassee campus should contact testing@campus.fsu.edu for additional testing options.


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