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US & Georgia Constitutional Requirements

Georgia law requires that all candidates for a degree from an institution supported by public funds shall pass an examination upon the provision and principles of the United States Constitution and the Constitution of Georgia. At The University of North Georgia this requirement can be met by taking any one of the following courses: POLS 1101 or HIST 2111 or 2112. Students transferring any one of these courses to UNG from non-USG institutions have not met the state-mandated requirements. Students transferring any one of these courses from USG institutions may have met the state-mandated requirements.  

Please note that If you are transferring from a USG Technical school to UNG, there is presently an issue with BANNER that will not recognize you as having satisfied these requirements if you took one of these courses at a tech school.  Should you encounter this issue, please contact the department to correct the issue. 

The Department of Political Science and International Affairs provides two exams to meet the state mandate. Each exam consists of 40 multiple-choice questions. A passing score of 60% is required (24 correct answers). Tests dates will be published on this web page at the beginning of each semester. Students wishing to take an exam must make an appointment a minimum of one week in advance with the testing center.

What exams do I have to take?

If you took POLS 1101 or HIST 2111 or HIST 2112 at any institution in the State of Georgia, you have met the mandated requirements and do not have to take any exams. If you transferred one or more of these courses into UNG from an out of State institution, you will have to take at least two exams to meet the mandated requirements.

If you transferred in or received CLEP credit for POLS 1101 & HIST 2112 or 2111:

  • You need to take the GA Constitution and the GA History exam

If you transferred in or received CLEP credit for POLS 1101

  • You need to take the GA Constitution, GA History and US History exams

If you transferred in or received CLEP credit for HIST 2111 or 2112

  • You need to take the US Constitution, GA Constitution and GA History exams

The History Department administers the US History and GA History exams. Please contact them directly for information regarding these exams.

Specific information regarding the US and GA Constitutional exams is as follows:

United States Constitution exam

  • Who should take this exam? Students who have not successfully completed an American History course with American Government content and who do not plan to take an American Government course.
  • Text: The United States Constitution: What it says, what it means. Founding Fathers. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Study Guide: Available in the UNG Dahlonega Campus Bookstore now. (You may request a copy through other campuses bookstores as well.)

Constitution of Georgia exam

  • Who should take this exam? Students who have not successfully completed an American Government course with Georgia Government content.
  • Text: Allen, Lee M., and Saeger, Richard T. Georgia State Politics: The Constitutional Foundation. 3d ed. Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company. Available in the UNG bookstore now.
  • Study Guide: For a list of the questions used to create your exam, click on one of these links: [Word] [PDF];

Taking the Exam

  1. Only UNG students are admitted to these examinations.
  2. The several campuses’ testing centers will administer both examinations.  Here is their contact information:
    • Visit the testing center's website
    • Cumming campus:  Testing Office, (470) 239-3038
      Building 300, Room 128
    • Dahlonega campus:  Testing Office, (706) 864‑1799
      Stewart Student Success Center, Suite 203
    • Gainesville campus:  Testing Office, (678) 717‑3863
      College Square, Suite 176
      3640 Mundy Mill Rd., Gainesville GA 30504
    • Oconee campus:  Testing Center, (706) 310‑6308
      Administration Building, Room 201

Contact the appropriate testing center to make an appointment to take either or both of the examinations.

  1. Each testing center will announce dates (typically, two 3‑ to 5‑day periods in a semester) on which it will administer the examinations.  A student may take an examination at some other time only with the express written permission of the head of the Department of Political Science and International Affairs.

The Department of Political Science and International Affairs has the following information about when the examinations will be offered at the various campuses’ testing offices during the Spring semester of 2015:

  • March 23-27, 2015 (Dahlonega, Gainesville, and Oconee Campuses.
  • Please contact the testing center for additional dates as they become available. 
  1. Regardless of where a student chooses to take the examinations, he or she may take the U. S. Constitution examination no more than twice in a semester and may take the Georgia Constitution examination no more than twice in a semester.
  2. A student must present a valid government-issued photo identification in order to be admitted to an examination.

 If you have any questions pertaining to the examinations themselves, please contact the Department of Political Science & International Affairs at (706) 864‑1628.

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