Pasco-Hernando State College (PHSC) recently announced it will implement the new Civic Literacy requirement for Associate in Arts and bachelor’s degree seeking students.  First-time-in-college (FTIC) students, entering the Florida College System in 2018-2019, and thereafter, must satisfy the Civic Literacy requirement prior to submitting an Intent to Graduate form in the term they plan to graduate. The new Civic Literacy requirement, Florida Rule 6A-10.04213, was passed by the Florida Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott in 2017.

The Civic Literacy requirement can be met by successfully completing one of the following courses or tests:

  • POS 2041, a college-level survey course on American government, or
  • AMH 2020, U.S. American history (II), since 1865, or
  • Successfully pass Advanced Placement (AP) U.S. Government & Politics test, with a passing score of 3; the AP U.S. History test, with a passing score of 4; or the College Level Examination Program – American Government test with a passing score of 50.

The new law says 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 United States 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.”

 To learn more about PHSC graduation requirements, students may contact a PHSC advisor, and to learn about PHSC programs and services, visit