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Civic Literacy

All students entering UNF during or after the Summer B 2018 term must meet the State of Florida Civic Literacy requirement before graduation. Students can satisfy the Civic Literacy requirement through coursework or by examination.

Option 1: Civic Literacy Approved Courses

You may satisfy the Civic Literacy requirement by successfully completing one of the following courses with a C or higher:

  • POS 2041, Introduction to American Government
  • AHM 2020, US History since 1877
  • Equivalent POS X041 or AMH X020 courses may substitute

Option 2: Examination

You may satisfy the Civic Literacy requirement by achieving the indicated passing score on one of the following exams:

  • APGovernment and Politics: United States (Score of 3 or higher)
  • AP United States History (4 or higher)
  • CLEP American Government (50 or higher)
  • Florida Civic Literacy Test (60 or higher)

You may not use:

  • Exams other than AP or CLEP, including International Baccalaureate (IB) or Cambridge (AICE) exams in history or government.
  • Completing the U.S. Citizenship test as part of the process of becoming a U.S. Citizen.

Dual Enrollment Students

Students who completed the AA through Dual Enrollment are exempt from the Civic Literacy requirement.


Dual Enrollment students did not complete their AA must complete the Civic Literacy requirement. POS2041 or AMH2020 courses completed prior to Fall 2018 as part of a dual enrollment program do not automatically fulfill the Civic Literacy requirement. Speak with your academic advisor about getting prior coursework reviewed to satisfy the Civic Literacy requirement. You must have the course syllabus available for review.

The Florida Civic Literacy Test

The Florida Civic Literacy Test is a 100-question, multiple-choice exam based upon the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Naturalization Test. It covers general questions about the institutions and functions of the U.S. government, principles of democratic governance, founding documents such as the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, and landmark Supreme Court decisions and their impacts.


The Florida Civic Literacy Test is available online through Canvas. In-person examinations are offered several times each academic year. Students should reserve their seats for in-person examinations via the Canvas calendar.


If you plan to satisfy the Civic Literacy requirement by taking the Florida Civic Literacy Test, you must:

Plan Carefully. You may only take the Florida Civic Literacy Test three times. If you do not achieve a passing score on any of the three attempts, you must register for and complete one of the approved courses. This is a pass/fail requirement. Do not take the exam again after achieving a passing score.


Waiting too late to complete your Civic Literacy requirement may delay your graduation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Still have questions about the Civic Literacy requirement? Get answers here or consult your academic advisor.