Civic Literacy Requirement

For incoming 2021 freshmen and transfer students, new legislation passed this year requires that students meet the state's civic literacy requirement by passing both the Civic Literacy test and either AMH 2020 or POS2041 before graduation from UF.  Please talk to your academic advisor about whether  you need to take the test and a class, and return to this web site regularly as further details are clarified from our Florida Board of Governors.

The University of Florida will require all incoming students for the 2018-2019 academic year and beyond, to meet the Civic Literacy requirement.  All first-time-in-college (FTIC) students entering all Florida College System (FCS) and State University System (SUS) institutions must demonstrate competency in civic literacy by the time they graduate per Florida Statute 1007.25 and Florida Board of Governors Regulation 8.006. UF students can meet this State requirement in a number of ways:

  • Successfully complete POS2041 (American Federal Government) or AMH2020 (United States Since 1877) at UF with a C or better.
  • Score a 3 or higher on the AP exam for POS2041 (AP Government and Politics: United States)
  • Score a 4 or higher on the AP exam for AMH2020 (AP United States History)
  • Score a 50 or higher on the CLEP American Government Exam
  • Score a 60 or higher on a standardized test developed by the Florida Board of Governors, based on the  U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Naturalization Test, which also includes additional questions developed by the Florida Board of Govenors.

Fulfilling this civic literacy requirement will be essential for graduation from the University of Florida, and, because of increased attention needed for upper division studies, students are strongly encouraged to complete the requirement before the end of their second year.  The transcript of every student who has met this requirement will include a notation that indicates the requirement has been met.

*Note: The state does not recognize any other accelerated credits for this requirement. Additionally, 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.