History Requirements (State of Georgia Legislative Requirements)

If you require any of the Legislative Exams, please email testingservices@mga.edu. The Legislative Exams will be administered remotely for the remainder of the Fall 2020 semester.

Any student who is not able to take the exam remotely due to limited resources and/or the inability to access required resources should contact Testing Services for assistance.

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

Students must meet the United States and Georgia history requirement in one of the following ways:

  • Successfully completing History 2111 or History 2112 at Middle Georgia State University, OR
  • Transferring in an equivalent course from a University System institution, which designates that course as fulfilling the history requirement, OR
  • Transferring in an equivalent course from a private institution in Georgia, whose catalog specifically indicates that the course satisfies the Georgia legislative history requirement.

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

  • Transferring in a United States history course from an out-of-state institution.
  • Transferring in a United States history course from a private institution in Georgia whose catalog does not specify that the course meets the requirement.
  • Obtaining credit for History 2111 and/or History 2112 through Advanced Placement or CLEP exams.

Students needing to take the Georgia history must register in advance and this can be done online.

Students are limited to two attempts at passing the U.S. and Georgia history exams. After that, students must enroll in either History 2111 or History 2112.

All students will be allowed to reschedule up to one hour PRIOR TO THE SCHEDULED EXAM TIME without penalty, so long as another appointment is available. 

  • Students wishing to reschedule must contact testingservices@mga.edu a minimum of one hour prior to the exam appointment.  
  • Students may request a refund for a future test date at least one business day PRIOR to the scheduled exam. Keep in mind, there is $3.50 non-refundable processing fee.  
  • Students who miss an exam without notice, and for which a rescheduled appointment is not available, will not be eligible to receive a refund unless proof of extenuating circumstances is provided.  

Georgia History Examination

  • The Georgia history test consists of 50 multiple-choice questions.
  • Subject areas range from colonial Georgia to twentieth-century Georgia.
  • A passing score is 60% or higher. One retest is allowed.
  • Georgia History Test Preparation: Georgia History in Outline by Kenneth Coleman. This text is available for purchase in the Middle Georgia State University campus store.

U.S. History Examination

  • The U.S. history test consists of 50 multiple-choice questions.
  • Subject areas range from pre-colonization to the 1990s.
  • A passing score is 60% or higher. One retest is allowed.
  • U.S. History Test Preparation:
    • America : A Narrative Survey, 2 Volumes (Vol. 1 to 1877 and Vol. II since then) by George Tindall and David Shi. On reserve in Middle Georgia State University Library.
    • Any history textbooks associated with History 2111 and History 2112 courses or their equivalents should familiarize students with the subject matter.

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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