The Florida Civic Literacy requirement was passed by the Florida Legislature in Spring 2017 and went into effect with the 2018-2019 academic year. The requirement was developed to help ensure that students have an understanding of the basic principles of American democracy and how they are applied to our republican form of government, an understanding of the U.S. Constitution, knowledge of the founding documents and how those documents have shaped the nature and functions of our institutions of self-governance, and an understanding of landmark U.S. Supreme Court cases and how they impact law and society.
The requirement applies to any student initially entering a Florida State University System (SUS) or Florida College System (FCS) institution in Fall 2018 or later (this does not include instances of dual enrollment). UNF will apply the requirement to Summer B 2018 First Time in College (FTIC) admits as well as to all Fall 2018 FTIC admits. In-state transfers with pre-Fall 2018 credits from degree-seeking enrollment at a SUS or FCS institution are exempt from this requirement unless those hours were earned only during dual enrollment while in high school and did not yield an A.A. degree prior to Fall 2018. Unfortunately, outside of the noted dual enrollment caveat, an earned A.A. from a SUS or FCS institution will not satisfy the requirement like it does for General Education and Gordon Rule. Please review this flowchart (link will open a PDF file) to determine if you have fulfilled the Civic Literacy requirement.
For the Regular and Accelerated Prelicensure BSN tracks, this requirement must be fulfilled prior to program graduation.
The requirement may be fulfilled through a variety of manners: AP Government & Politics: United States exam with a score of at least 3; AP United State History exam with a score of at least 4; CLEP American Government exam with a score of at least 50; UNF courses POS2041 Introduction to American Government or AMH2020 U.S. History since 1877 taken in Fall 2018 forward; POSX041 or AMHX020 from another FL SUS or FCS institution taken in Fall 2018 forward; by taking a statewide common exam through a SUS.
The statewide common exam will be a 100-item test used by SUS institutions that is based on the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services Naturalization Test. Students who took the test for citizenship may not use that result to satisfy the Civic Literacy requirement. In January 2019, this exam became available to those currently enrolled at UNF through Canvas. For more details and to self-enroll in the Civic Literacy Canvas exam course, please visit the Civic Literacy page developed by Undergraduate Studies.
Note that AICE and IB credits are not applicable as the content does not align with the learning outcomes for the requirement.
Transfer courses from non-Florida state schools with the title "American History since 1877" or "American Government" must go through a syllabus review to earn credit as a Civic Literacy course. This process is similar to that completed by undergraduate transfers from non-Florida state schools for General Education and Gordon Rule.