State University System of Florida – Board of Governors 8.006 Civic Literacy
The Civic Literacy requirement applies to students initially entering a State University System (SUS) and/or Florida College System (FCS) 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. Each of the courses must include the following competencies:
- Understanding of the basic principles and practices of American democracy and how they are applied in our republican form of government;
- An understanding of the United States Constitution and its application;
- Knowledge of the founding documents and how they have shaped the nature and functions of our institutions of self-government; and
- 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 – 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 transfer students who are initially entering a State University System (SUS) or Florida College System (FCS) institution starting in the 2018-19 academic year. All degree-seeking students who transfer in from an institution outside the State University System (SUS) or Florida College System (FCS) starting in the 2018-19 academic year, and have not satisfied this requirement through an approved course or assessment, must complete this requirement prior to graduating.
NOTE: Students who earned an Associate in Arts degree prior to the 2018-19 academic year are not required to meet the competency because they are not initially entering a State University System (SUS) or Florida College System (FCS) institution in the 2018-19 school year.