Civic Literacy Requirement

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FSU undergraduate students must complete the State of Florida’s Civic Literacy requirement in order to earn their bachelor’s degree. Depending on when a student first enters a Florida public college or university, the following requirements must be met.

Note to Students: Please contact your advisor with any questions. You can find your advisor using the Advisor Search tool.

Students Entering a Florida Public College/University for the First Time in Summer C/Fall 2021

Students who entered any Florida public college or university as an undergraduate degree-seeking student for the FIRST time beginning Summer C/Fall 2021 must fulfill a course competency AND an assessment competency. See the table below for which mechanisms fulfill the course competency, assessment competency, or both.

Who Must Meet the Requirement?

  • All first-time in college (FTIC) students who entered FSU starting in Summer C/Fall 2021 or later.
  • Transfer students who entered FSU (or another Florida public college or university) as undergraduate degree-seeking students in Summer C/Fall 2021 or later, 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.

Ways to Meet the Requirement

Both course and assessment requirements must be met.

Mechanism Minimum Required Score/Grade Meets Course Competency Meets Assessment Competency
POS1041 American National Government C-  
AMH2020 A History of the United States 1877 C-  
Civic Literacy Examination 60/100 or 60%  
Advanced Placement Government and Politics: United States 3
Advanced Placement United States History 4
Cambridge AICE History, US History, c. 1840-1990 (A-Level) A-E  
CLEP American Government 50
Dual Enrollment Versions of POSX041 or AMHX020 C-  
IB History: History of America 5-7  

Students Entering a Florida Public College/University for the First Time in Summer C/Fall 2018 - Spring 2021

Students who entered any Florida public college or university as an undergraduate degree-seeking student for the FIRST time beginning Summer C/Fall 2018 through Spring 2021, must earn credit in an approved Civic Literacy course OR achieve a passing score on a designated Civic Literacy assessment (not both).

Who Must Meet the Requirement?

  • All first-time in college (FTIC) students who entered FSU starting in Summer C/Fall 2018 or later.
  • Transfer students who entered FSU (or another Florida public college or university) as undergraduate degree-seeking students in Summer C/Fall 2018 or later, 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.

Ways to Meet the Requirement

Mechanism Minimum Required Score/Grade
POS1041 American National Government* C-
AMH2020 A History of the United States 1877* C-
Civic Literacy Examination 60/100 or 60%
Advanced Placement Government and Politics: United States 3
Advanced Placement United States History 4
CLEP American Government 50
Dual Enrollment Versions of POSX041 or AMHX020 (taken after Fall 2018*)  C-

 

*IMPORTANT NOTE

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 Summer C/Fall 2018. The courses offered prior to this time are not seen as meeting the competencies mandated for the Civic Literacy requirement.

Students Entering a Florida Public College/University for the First Time Prior to Summer C/Fall 2018

Students who entered a Florida public college or university as an undergraduate degree-seeking student for the FIRST time prior to Summer C/Fall 2018 are NOT REQUIRED to meet any Civic Literacy requirement.

(Note: These requirements are subject to change based upon rules and regulations issued by the Florida Board of Governors.)

Civic Literacy Exam Registration

The Civic Literacy Exam is available online through the FSU Testing Center at no charge! Students can take the exam online at any time by following the instructions below.

To register for the Florida Civic Literacy Exam, you will need to follow this self-enroll link to be added to the Florida Civic Literacy Canvas Course: Florida Civic Literacy Exam.

  • Click “Enroll in Course” and then “Go to the Course”.
  • Once there, click the link to the “Florida Civic Literacy Exam” and follow the on-screen instructions to begin.

Note: After passing the exam, it may take a month or two for your score to be processed. If it has been more than two months and your score has not yet been posted, please contact Staci Bushman.

Civic Literacy Exam Preparation

Commonly Asked Questions

  1. Do AP, AICE, and IB credits fulfill the Civic Literacy requirement?
    • There are multiple ways to fulfill the Civic Literacy requirement. Students and advisors should refer to the tables above.
      • For example, for the Summer C/Fall 2018 through Spring 2021 cohorts, AICE does not fulfill the Civic Literacy requirement. However, beginning in Summer C/Fall 2021, a score of A-E does fulfill the course competency requirement, but not the assessment competency requirement.
  2. Sally Seminole first entered FSU in Fall 2021. She received a 5 on IB History and a C on the AICE US History exam. Has she fulfilled the Civic Literacy requirement?
    • While Sally has fulfilled the course competency requirement, Sally still needs to fulfill the assessment competency requirement.
  3. If a student is pursuing their second bachelor's degree, do they need to fulfill the Civic Literacy requirement?
    • The answer depends on when the student first entered any Florida public college or university as an undergraduate degree-seeking student.
      • If a student earned their first degree from an institution not in Florida, then they must complete the Civic Literacy requirement in place at the time that they started their second degree. 
      • For example, if a student earned their degree from an institution in Florida, then they must complete the Civic Literacy requirement in place at the time that they started their first degree.
        • For example, Johnny Jones graduated from UCF in Spring 2017. He entered FSU in Fall 2021 for a second bachelor’s degree. He is not required to fulfill the Civic Literacy requirement.
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