Civic Literacy

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. 
Students Subject to the Requirement
  • First time in College (FTIC) students without an AA degree from a State of Florida University or Florida College System institution entering Fall 2018 or after.
    OR
  • Students transferring to UCF from an Out of State or Private Institution Fall 2018 or later.
    OR
  • Students who entered a State of Florida University System or Florida College System institution Fall 2018 or after and transferred to UCF and did NOT meet the requirement at the previous 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.

Options for Students to Meet the Civic Literacy Requirement

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

  •  Understanding of the basic principles and practices of American democracy and how they are applied in our republican form of government,
  • An understanding of the United States Constitution and its application,
  • Knowledge of the founding documents and how they have shaped the nature and functions of our institutions of self-government, and
  • An understanding of landmark Supreme Court cases, landmark legislation and landmark executive actions and their impact on law and society.
OR
 
 2. Achieving the standard score on one of the following assessments:
AssessmentStandard Score
Canvas web course non-credit exam60
Advanced Placement Government and Politics: United States3
Advanced Placement United States History4
CLEP American Government50

NOTE: Dual enrollment courses taken prior to Fall 2018 do not satisfy the civic literacy requirement as those courses did not include the competencies required by statute until Fall 2018.

Non-Credit Exam Option

The State University System has approved a 100-question exam that will satisfy the Civic Literacy requirement. You must pass 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. Danielle Eadens

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

Your Florida College System or State University System transcript will include information about the civic literacy requirement, and it will reflect on your audit. 

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 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. 

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. 

Board of Governors Definitions
FTIC
FTIC freshmen are defined as students who have earned a standard high school diploma from a Florida public or regionally accredited high school, or its equivalent, and who have earned fewer than twelve (12) semester hours of transferable college credit since receiving a standard high school diploma or its equivalent (Board of Governors Regulation 6.002).
  • High school students who earn dual enrollment credits (regardless of the number of credit hours earned) prior to high school graduation who then graduate from high school and are admitted to an SUS institution in Fall 2018 or later are considered FTIC and are subject to the civics literacy requirement.
  • High school students who have been admitted to an SUS institution as a degree-seeking student in Fall 2018 or later and who earn dual enrollment credits prior to graduating from high school are considered Early Admit FTIC and are subject to the civics literacy requirement.
  • High school graduates who earn less than twelve (12) credit hours of college coursework after graduating from high school are considered FTIC at SUS institutions and are subject to the civics literacy requirement.
Undergraduate Transfer Student

Undergraduate transfer students are defined as students who have earned twelve (12) or more semester hours of transferable college credit since receiving a standard high school diploma or its equivalent (BOG Regulation 6.004).