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US and Georgia History Exams

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U.S. and Georgia Constitution and History Requirement

A Georgia law requires that all candidates for a degree from an institution supported by public funds shall pass an examination "of the History of United States and the History of Georgia" and an examination "upon the provisions and principles of the United States Constitution and the Constitution of Georgia." The requirements for instruction in the above areas can be met by passing a test in each of the four areas or by satisfactorily completing one of the following courses at either UNG or another university in the University System of Georgia: HIST 2111, HIST 2112 or POLS 1101.

If you transferred one or more of these courses into North Georgia from a private or out-of-state institution, you will have to take at least two exams to meet the mandated requirements.   See the following exam options.

  • If you received AP or CLEP credit for POLS 1101 & HIST 2111 or HIST 2112, you need to take the GA Constitution and the GA History exam.
  • If you transferred from another state or received AP or CLEP credit for POLS 1101, you need to take the GA Constitution, GA History and U.S. History exams.
  • If you transferred from another state or received AP or CLEP credit for HIST 2111 or HIST 2112, you need to take the U.S. Constitution, GA Constitution and GA History exams.

Students should contact the Department of Political Science & International Affairs and the Department of History, Anthropology & Philosophy for clarification of these restrictions.

Any baccalaureate student who has not met the legislative requirement, but has completed Area E, may petition the Departments to use the following upper-level courses to meet the requirements listed below through coursework at the University of North Georgia:

  • Credit for U.S. history requirement: HIST 3150 or HIST 3151
  • Credit for Georgia history requirement: HIST 3182, HIST 3183, HIST 3184, or HIST 3185
  • Credit for Georgia constitution requirement: POLS 3106, POLS 4112, POLS 4120

The Department of History, Anthropology, & Philosophy provides two exams, one in U.S. History and one in Georgia History, to meet the state mandate. These exams have only 40 questions and requires a passing score of 60 percent.  Also, the exams may be taken only twice per exam in any given semester during specified windows of time. 

Georgia History Exam Recommended Texts: GEORGIA: A BRIEF HISTORY BY CHRISTOPHER C. MEYERS AND DAVID WILLIAMS, MACON: MERCER UNIVERSITY PRESS, 2012. [See study guide.]

United States History Exam Recommended Text: Liberty, Power & Equality, Vol. 2 by John Murrin

History exams are administered in the Testing Centers at four UNG campus locations: Cumming, Dahlonega, Gainesville and Oconee.

There is no fee to take these exams. Students must present a valid government issued identification when taking the exam. Students wishing to take an exam must make an appointment by contacting the Testing Center.

Cumming: (470) 239-3038. Testing Center is located in Building 300, Room 128. testing-cmg@ung.edu

Dahlonega:  (706) 864-1799. Testing Center is located in the Stewart Center, 2nd floor, Room 203.  testing-dah@ung.edu  

Gainesville: (678) 717-3863. Testing Center is located in the College Square Shopping Center, Suite 176 (3640 Mundy Mill Road).  testing-gvl@ung.edu

Oconee:  (706) 310-6308. Testing Center is located in the Administration Building, Room 201.  testing-ocn@ung.edu

For more information on the exam, please contact Dr. David Connolly (david.connolly@ung.edu) in the Department of History, Anthropology, & Philosophy.

For questions regarding the Constitution exams, please contact the Department of Political Science and International Affairs

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