Civic Literacy

UWF offers courses that allow students to demonstrate civic literacy competency, while equipping them to participate in the democratic process.


Upcoming Course Offerings

Summer 2019
AMH 2020 US Since 1877POS 2041 American Politics
Online (51573) Online (51399)
Online (50467) Online (50365)

 

Fall 2019
AMH 2020 US Since 1877POS 2041 American Politics
MWF 9:00-9:50 (80901) MWF 10:00-10:50 (80454)
  Online (81332)
  Online (82376)

 

Program Requirements

The study of the rights and responsibilities of citizenship supports a rich academic experience, contributes to career readiness, and equips students to participate fully in the democratic process.

 

Who is required to complete the requirement for Civic Literacy?

The 2017 Florida Legislature amended Section 1007.25, Florida Statutes, to require students initially entering a State University System (SUS) and/or Florida College System (FCS) institution in 2018-2019 and thereafter to demonstrate competency in civic literacy. 

This requirement is based on the student’s catalog year; therefore, the Civic Literacy requirement does not apply to students who initially entered the Florida State University System (SUS) or Florida College System (FCS) before fall 2018.

If you already earned the requisite score on the AP Government and Politics: United States (3) or AP United States History (4) exam, you have already satisfied the requirement.

Students who previously completed the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Naturalization Test may still be required to complete the requirement for Civic Literacy if they have not completed the requirement through another approved course or assessment. The standardized test developed by Florida Board of Governors includes additional questions involving landmark Supreme Court cases not previously included on the test.

SUS Civic Literacy Implementation Information

How does this requirement apply to transfer students?

Students transferring to UWF who attended one of the Florida State University System (SUS) or Florida College System (FCS) institutions before fall 2018 are not required to meet Civic Literacy.

Students entering the Florida State University System (SUS) or Florida College System (FCS) fall 2018 or later are required to meet Civic Literacy.

Students transferring to UWF from outside the Florida State University System (SUS) or Florida College System (FCS) are required to meet Civic Literacy, regardless of catalog year, unless they have satisfied the requirement through an approved course or assessment as outlined below.

Approved transfer courses include AMH 2020 or POS 2041 only when taken at a Florida State University System (SUS) or Florida College System (FCS) institution. Beginning fall 2018, the State of Florida mandated specific civic literacy competencies for inclusion in these courses; therefore, out-of-state transfer students might have credit for AMH 2020 or POS 2041 as part of UWF's General Education curriculum but do not meet the Civic Literacy requirement. Out-of-state transfer students, who entered the Florida State University System (SUS) or Florida College System (FCS) fall 2018 or later, can satisfy the requirement through one of the approved assessments outlined below.

Students who earned an Associate of Arts degree prior to fall 2018 at a Florida College System (FCS) or State University System (SUS) institution prior to transferring to UWF are exempt from the Civic Literacy requirement.

 

How do I meet the requirement?

(a) Successfully passing either POSX041 American Government or AMHX020 Introductory Survey Since 1877. Each of the courses must include the following competencies:

  1. Understanding of the basic principles and practices of American democracy and how they are applied in our republican form of government;
  2. An understanding of the United States Constitution and its application;
  3. Knowledge of the founding documents and how they have shaped the nature and functions of our institutions of self-government; and
  4. An understanding of landmark Supreme Court cases, landmark legislation and landmark executive actions and their impact on law and society.

Spring 2019 Course Offerings

AMH 2020 US Since 1877POS 2041 American Politics
MWF 9:00-9:50 a.m. (CRN 11402) MWF 9:00-9:50 a.m. (CRN 10705)
TR 2:30-3:45 p.m. (CRN 13083)  Online (CRN 10706)
Online (CRN 13436) *Begins March 4 Online (CRN 13144)
  Online (CRN 13433) *Begins March 4

(b) Achieving the standard score on one of the following assessments:

Assessment Standard Score 

Civic Literacy Exam

60
Advanced Placement Government and Politics: United States 3
Advanced Placement United States History 4
CLEP American Government 50

Authority: Section 7(d), Art. IX, Fla. Const., and section 1007.25, Florida Statutes; History: New 03-29-18.

*Students must complete this requirement prior to graduation.

**NOTE: AICE and IB examinations do not satisfy the Civic Literacy requirement.

Due to the addition of state-mandated learning outcomes, students who completed AMH 2020 or POS 2041 through dual enrollment prior to Fall 2018 may not meet the requirement. Please contact your academic advisor to see if your dual enrollment course satisfies the Civic Literacy requirement.



Civic Literacy Library Resource Guide

Students opting to take the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Naturalization Test are encouraged to visit the Civic Literacy Library Resource Guide. This guide provides resources and study materials for UWF's Civic Literacy competency exam.

Frequently Asked Questions

For answers to frequently asked questions, reference the Florida Board of Governors Civic Literacy FAQs

For answers regarding the Civic Literacy Exam, including the specific requirements and information on how to enroll in Canvas, please visit the Civic Literacy Requirement page in Confluence.

Contact

For additional information, please contact your program advisor.