Civics Literacy Proficiency

Welcome to the Civics Literacy Proficiency homepage

The Civics Literacy Proficiency activities were created with the goal of adding to the educational experience of Purdue students in an effort to graduate a knowledgeable and engaged citizenry.

The activities and required test to establish Civics Literacy Proficiency will build and increase your civics knowledge.  

The Civics Literacy Proficiency will:

  • Increase your understanding of important contemporary political issues
  • Identify opportunities to grow your engagement in American politics
  • Expand your awareness of and options for civic participation

Facts you need to know about the Civics Literacy Proficiency course:

  • Participation in this course is an optional, enrichment activity.  
  • This course is not required for graduation.
  • The course is accessed via Brightspace and loaded after a student registers for the credential.
  • Completion of this course will lead to a notation of Civics Literacy Proficiency on the student transcript.

Students complete the course by satisfying one of the three possible options:

  • Attending six approved civics-related events and passing the required exam; or
  • Completing 12 podcasts created by the Purdue Center for C-SPAN Scholarship & Engagement that use C-SPAN material and passing the required exam; or
  • Completing one of the following approved courses, and passing the required exam.

After registering for the Civics Literacy Proficiency, further details will be emailed to the student on where to find the course within Brightspace.

To register for the Civics Literacy Proficiency, please visit myPurdue.

The campus community is encouraged to submit their events with a focus on civics to the Civics Literacy Proficiency page.  Student organizations can submit their events through Boiler Link.
All others (colleges, depts.) can submit their events here. To be listed as a Civics Literacy Proficiency event, the event must be designed to address one or more of these:

  • Increase understanding of important contemporary political issues
  • Grow student engagement in American politics
  • Expand awareness of processes and options for civic participation
  • Increase civics knowledge

Questions may be directed to CivicsLiteracyProficiency@purdue.edu

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