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All undergraduate degree-seeking students who enroll in a Florida public institution in Summer B 2018 and thereafter must meet the state’s civic literacy requirement before graduation. The specific requirements differ depending on when you entered either a State University System (SUS) or Florida College System (FCS) institution. Please talk to your academic advisor about what you need to do to fulfill this requirement.

Requirements Based on When Student Entered SUS or FCS


Prior to Summer B 2018

No civic literacy requirement

Summer B 2018 through Summer A 2021

Complete course OR exam

Summer B 2021 and thereafter

Complete BOTH a course AND exam

Meeting the Civic Literacy Requirement

This table provides details on which options meet the course and/or exam requirements. Please note that students who entered a Florida public institution between Summer B 2018 and Summer A 2021 only need to complete either the course or the exam as noted above.

OPTIONS

SCORE/GRADE

MEETS COURSE REQUIREMENT

MEETS EXAM REQUIREMENT

Courses taken in 2018 or later*

 

 

 

POS 2041 Introduction to American Government (or equivalent)

C or better

X

 

AHM 2020 US History since 1877 (or equivalent)

C or better

X

 

Accelerated Mechanisms

 

 

 

Advanced Placement Government and Politics: United States Exam

3

X

X

Advanced Placement United States History Exam

4

X

X

Cambridge AICE History, US History, c. 1840-1990 (A-Level)**

A-E

X

 

CLEP American Government Exam

50

X

X

CLEP History of the United States II

50

X

 

IB History: History of America**

5-7

X

 

Dual Enrollment versions of POSX041 or AMHX020 taken in 2018 or later

C or better

X

 

Pass United States Government in High School AND pass Florida Civic Literacy Exam (starting in Fall 2021)

C or better 

AND

60 on exam

 

X

Additional Assessments***

 

 

 

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Naturalization Test – Civics (U.S. history and government) with supplemental questions

60

 

X

The Florida Civic Literacy Exam (FCLE)

60

 

X

 

* Speak with your academic advisor about getting coursework completed before 2018 reviewed to satisfy the Civic Literacy requirement. You must have the course syllabus available for review.

**The 2021 Legislature amended section 1007.25, Florida Statutes, allowing all accelerated mechanisms to count towards meeting civic literacy course requirements. 

*** A new assessment developed by the Department of Education is in the process of being officially adopted for use by the State University System. Note that you may not use the U.S. Citizenship test as part of the process of becoming a U.S. Citizen.

 

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.

  • What is the Civic Literacy requirement?

    Florida law requires that students must demonstrate knowledge of key learning outcomes in civic literacy before graduating. These include:

    • Understanding of the basic principles of American democracy and how they are applied in our republican form of government;
    • Understanding of the U.S. Constitution;
    • Knowledge of the founding documents and how they have shaped the nature and functions of our institutions of self-governance; and
    • Understanding of landmark Supreme Court cases and their impact on law and society.

    Florida Board of Governors Regulation 8.006 specifies how students in the State University System may satisfy the requirement.

  • Who must complete the Civic Literacy requirement?

    Any student who initially entered a Florida State University System school (such as UNF), or a Florida College System school (such as FCJC, SJRSC, etc.) Fall 2018 or thereafter must satisfy the requirement. Because UNF holds students entering in Summer B to the same catalog requirements as students admitted in fall, students who initially entered UNF during summer B 2018 are subject to this requirement.

  • If I took a US History or American Government course as part of Dual Enrollment, does that count?

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

    Dual Enrollment students who 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.

  • If I took a US History or American Government course at another institution, can that count?

    Please speak with your Academic Advisor to find out about having courses from private or out-of-state institutions reviewed to satisfy the requirement. You must have the course syllabus available to complete the review. 

    Courses from Florida SUS or FCS institutions that are not AMH X020 or POS X041 may not be used to satisfy this requirement.

  • When should I take the Civic Literacy Test?
    You should fulfill your Civic Literacy requirement as early in you college career as possible. Failure to complete your Civic Literacy requirement will delay your graduation. The online test is available throughout the regular fall, spring, and summer academic terms. In-person tests (also on computer) are scheduled several times each academic year and require advance registration.
  • Can I take the exam online?
    Yes. The online exam is available through Canvas. You must enroll in the Civic Literacy Canvas page and complete the required UNF Academic Integrity Policy acknowledgment to access the test.
  • Is there a fee for the online test?
    No. The test is free to all UNF students.
  • Is there a paper option? Must I take the test on computer?
    The Florida Civic Literacy Test is available only on computer unless a student receives alternate test accommodations through the Student Accessibility Services.
  • What if I do not have a computer or tablet? Can I take the test at UNF?

    You may complete the requirement by taking an approved course or by taking the Florida Civic Literacy Test in person on a UNF computer. 

    To take the in-person exam, you must reserve your seat on an announced test day through the Canvas calendar. You must bring a photo ID to enter the exam room. Cell phones, personal computers, headphones, and other electronics are prohibited. Late arrivals will not be admitted for the in-person test.

  • Can I take the Florida Civic Literacy Test more than once?

    You may take the test up to three times. If you do not receive a passing score on any test attempt, you must take one of the approved courses.

    Do not take the test again after receiving a passing score.

  • Are there study materials available for the Florida Civic Literacy Test?
    Yes. The Civic Literacy page on Canvas has information about the Civic Literacy Test, a study plan, study materials, practice tests, and more. Students planning to take the Civic Literacy Test should self-enroll in the Canvas page using their UNF email and n#. You may need to re-enroll each semester if you registered for the Canvas page but did not complete the requirement during the previous term. 
  • Who should I talk to if I have questions about exam accommodations?
    Students with disabilities who seek reasonable accommodations on the Florida Civic Literacy Test or in their other coursework must first register with the UNF Student Accessibility Services (SAS) located in Tom and Betty Petway Hall (Building 57), Room 1500. DRC staff members work with students to obtain required documentation of disability and to identify appropriate accommodations as required by applicable disability laws including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). After receiving all necessary documentation, the DRC staff determines whether a student qualifies for services with the DRC and if so, the accommodations the student requires will be provided. DRC staff then prepares a letter for the student to provide faculty advising them of approved accommodations. For further information, contact the DRC by phone at (904) 620-2769 or visit the SAS website.
  • What if I cannot access the Canvas page?

    You self-enroll in the Canvas page and may need to re-enroll each semester if you were previously registered but did not complete the requirement during the previous term.

    If you cannot enroll in the course, or you encounter problems accessing the Canvas page content, please contact the Civic Literacy faculty. Include your name and N# in the request.

  • Who should I talk to if I have further questions about the Civic Literacy requirement?
    If you have questions about whether you need to complete this requirement, or about the best way to complete it given your course schedule and academic goals, talk to your Academic Advisor.