Constitution Requirements (State of Georgia Legislative Requirements)

Update  - 4/7/2020 - OTA Program: Core requirements regarding the Legislative exams have been waived for this semester. Any student entering the program in Fall 2020 will have the option to take their Legislative Exam(s) during the Fall semester, and must have the credits completed before beginning the Spring 2021 semester. Continue to check this page for information about when registration for the Legislative Exams will be available for Fall 2020 OTA students.

If you require any of the Legislative Courses to Graduate in Summer or Fall 2020, please email testingservices@mga.edu as soon as possible.

If you require any of the Legislative Course Exams but are NOT applying for graduation in Summer or Fall 2020 semesters, we ask that you please wait until the campus has resumed normal on-site operations to register for your exam. Please continue to monitor your MGA email and the Testing Services website for updates.

Students must satisfy the Georgia legislative requisites of demonstrating proficiency in United States and Georgia Constitutions.

Students may meet the U.S. and Georgia Constitutions requirement in one of the following ways:

  • Successfully completing Political Science 1101 at Middle Georgia State University, OR
  • Transferring in an equivalent course from a University System institution, which designates that course as fulfilling the Constitutions requirement, OR
  • Transferring in an equivalent course from a private institution in Georgia, whose catalog specifically indicates that the course satisfies the Georgia legislative Constitutions requirement.

Students have satisfied only the United States component of the Constitution requirement under the following circumstances and must still successfully pass an examination on the Georgia Constitution:

  • Transferring in an equivalent political science course from an out-of-state institution.
  • Transferring in an equivalent political science course from a private institution in Georgia whose catalog does not specify that the course meet the requirement.
  • Obtaining credit for Political Science 1101 through Advanced Placement or CLEP exams.

Students needing to take the constitution exam may do so when it is scheduled as a separate testing session. Scheduled GA/US Constitution sessions require registration and this can be done online.

Students opting to exempt Political Science 1101 will be required to pass a CLEP test and pass the Georgia Constitution test offered in the Testing Services.

Students are limited to two attempts at passing the U.S. and Georgia Constitutions exams. After that, students must enroll in Political Science 1101.

Georgia Constitution Examination

  • The Georgia constitution test consists of 50 multiple-choice questions.
  • The test has a 60 minute time limit.
  • A passing score is 60% or higher.
  • Two chances to pass the test are allowed.
  • Georgia Constitution Test Preparation:
    • Georgia Government by the League of Women Voters of Georgia, Inc. (On-reserve at the Middle Georgia State Library.)
    • Georgia Politics in a State of Change by Bullock and Gaddie (ISBN-13: 978-0205864676)

U.S. Constitution Examination

  • The U.S. Constitution test consists of 50 multiple-choice questions.
  • The test has a 60 minute time limit.
  • A passing score is 60% or higher.
  • Two chances to pass the test are allowed.
  • U.S. Constitution Test Preparation:
    • Any current introductory POLS 1101 textbook
    • American Government (Brief edition) by James Wilson

Legislative Visual Aid

Does the course or exam in the left column meet the Georgia Legislature's graduation requirement for
Course/Exam US History GA History US Government GA Government
Passing any USG HIST 2111 or 2112 course YES YES - -
Passing an equivalent HIST 2111 or 2112 course outside of USG YES NO 1 - -
Passing CLEP US History I or US History II exams YES NO 1 - -
Receiving AP Credit for History 2111 and/or HIST 2112 YES NO 1 - -
Passing any USG POLS 1101 course - - YES YES
Passing any equivalent POLS 1101 course outside of USG - - YES NO 2
Passing CLEP American Government exam - - YES NO 2

Notes:

  1. Students must pass the local GA History test offered in the testing center to satisfy the graduation requirement.
  2. Students must pass the local GA Constitution-Government test offered in the testing center to satisfy the graduation requirement.
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