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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 following four areas:

  • History of the United States
  • History of Georgia
  • United States Constitution
  • Constitution of Georgia

Constitution Exams

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How Can I Meet This Requirement?

Take a Class at UNG

At the University of North Georgia (UNG) this requirement can be met by satisfactorily completing any one of the following courses:

  • POLS 1101
  • HIST 2111
  • HIST 2112

If you have taken one of these classes at a USG institution, you can transfer it in to meet the requirement.

Passing a test in each of the four areas:

  • History of the United States
  • History of Georgia
  • United States Constitution
  • Constitution of Georgia

Through Upper Level Work

Any baccalaureate student who has not met the legislative requirement, but has completed Area E, may 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, or POLS 4120

 

Transferring in from a Non-USG Institution or Received CLEP

If you transferred one or more of these courses into UNG from a private or out-of-state institution, you will have to take at least two exams to meet the mandated requirements as follows:

If you transferred in or received CLEP for: You need to take the following exams:
  • POLS 1101 and,
  • HIST 2112 or 2111
  • Constitution of Georgia
  • History of Georgia
  • POLS 1101
  • Constitution of Georgia
  • History of Georgia
  • History of the United States
  • HIST 2111 or 2112
  • United States Constitution
  • Constitution of Georgia
  • History of Georgia

Taking the Exams

Who Administers These Exams and How Much Does it Cost?

The Testing Center on each campus administers these exams. The first exam is free, however, subsequent attempts for the same exam will have a fee attached.

When Are the Exams Offered?

Test dates are published on the Legislative Exams 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.

The U.S. and Georgia Constitutional Exams

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 Library upon request.

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]

Have Questions?

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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