Civic Literacy is a New Undergraduate Degree Requirement
Beginning with catalog year 2018-2019, every student initially entering a Florida College System or State University System institution must demonstrate competency in civic literacy. According to Florida Statute Section 1007.25 and Florida’s Board of Governors Policy 8.006, undergraduate students must demonstrate:
- An understanding of the basic principles of American democracy and how they are applied in our republican form of government;
- An 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
- An understanding of landmark Supreme Court cases and their impact on law and society.
Does the Civic Literacy graduation requirement apply to me?
You must satisfy the Civic Literacy requirement in order to graduate if you:
- Are entering UCF as a freshman (first time in college student) in Fall 2018 or later with fewer than 12 semester credit hours of transfer credit/test credit from an Florida College System or State University System institution;
- Transfer to UCF from an out-of-state college or university; or
- Transfer to UCF from a private Florida institution.
If you are not sure if you are required to fulfill the requirement, please check with your academic advisor prior to enrolling in a course, registering for a CLEP exam, or enrolling in the zero-credit exam option.
How do I satisfy the Civic Literacy requirement?
- Enroll in and receive a passing grade in POS 2041 (American Government) or AMH 2020 (U.S. History: 1877-Present)
- Pass the zero-credit hour Civic Literacy: U.S. History and Politics exam (minimum score of 60)
- Advanced Placement Government and Politics: United States (minimum score of 3)
- Advanced Placement United State History (minimum score of 4)
- College Level Examination Program (CLEP) American Government (minimum score of 50)
Non-Credit Exam Option
The State University System has approved a 100-question exam that will satisfy the Civic Literacy requirement. You must the test with a minimum score of 60. It is a zero-credit course. There is no fee for the exam. Students may enroll in the Canvas course to take the exam during fall, spring or summer semester.
Course name: Civic Literacy: U.S. History and Politics Exam
Instructor: Dr. Wayne Bowen
Click here to access the course.
This option is a non-credit course; it does not fulfill a General Education Program requirement; and is not equivalent to either POS2041 or AMH2020.
Civic Literacy Guide
The UCF library created a Civic Literacy guide that will help you understand the Civic Literacy requirement and prepare for the exam. It includes important information about the requirement, resources and study materials.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Civic Literacy requirement applies to students initially entering a State University System or Florida College System institution in 2018-2019. This requirement is based on students’ catalog year. Your academic advisor can assist you in determining whether you must fulfill this graduation requirement.
This requirement applies to transfer students who are initially entering a Florida College System (FCS) or State University System (SUS) institution starting in the 2018-2019 academic year. If you transfer from an institution outside of FCS or SUS starting in the 2018-2019 academic year, and have not satisfied this requirement through an approved course or assessment, you must complete this requirement prior to graduating.
Your Florida College System or State University System transcript will include information about the civic literacy requirement.
If the approved courses that meet the Civic Literacy requirement do not align with your program of study, you should fulfill the requirement by completing an approved assessment. This will help you avoid excess credit hours.
You don’t need to complete the Civic Literacy requirement, because you are not initially entering college in the 2018-2019 academic year.
To obtain access to the zero-credit Civic Literacy: US History and Politics exam, you need to enroll in the associated course. Login to Webcourses@UCF.edu; enter your NID and password; click the “Enroll in Course” button. You will then be able to review the study guide materials and take the exam.
You will have access to the zero-credit Civic Literacy: U.S. History and Politics exam for 12 consecutive months following your registration. You can review the study guide materials and take the exam until you have passed with a score of 60 or higher. Your fulfillment of the graduation requirement will be noted on your UCF transcript and your degree audit.
If you choose the zero-credit exam option you will be enrolled in the Civic Literacy: US History and Politics exam course for an academic year. Once you receive a passing grade, you will be removed from the course.
There is no cost for the zero-credit exam option. Please visit the University Testing Center website here to learn more about the cost of the approved CLEP exam.
Your fulfillment of the graduation requirement will be noted on your UCF transcript and your degree audit.
No. Although AICE and IB Examinations may provide students with course credit aligning with course numbers identified as satisfying the Civic Literacy requirement, the content covered in the examinations does not align with the competencies identified in statute because they were developed with a British or International focus. Therefore, students will need to demonstrate competency through an approved course or assessment.