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Civics Literacy: Introduction

Supplemental Resource Guide for PFW's Civics Literacy Proficiency Program

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Emily Tock

What is Civics Literacy?

Civics literacy is defined as:

The knowledge and skills to participate effectively in civic life through knowing how to stay informed, understanding governmental processes, and knowing how to exercise the rights and obligations of citizenship at local, state, national, and global levels. Individuals also have an understanding of the local and global implications of civic decisions. (Partnership for 21st Century Skills, 2009; Morgan, 2016)

Civics Literacy Proficiency Program

In June 2021, the Purdue University Board of Trustees adopted a civics literacy graduation requirement for undergraduates, including all transfer students. This requirement applies to all undergraduate students who enter Purdue University Fort Wayne in Fall 2022 or any subsequent semester.

The Civics Literacy Proficiency activities are designed to develop the civic knowledge of PFW students in an effort to graduate a more informed citizenry. These activities 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.

The Civics Literacy Proficiency activities are accessed via Brightspace. Here is the link for the PFW Civics Literacy page.

Guide Purpose

This library guide is meant to act as a supplemental resource for the program. It includes a brief overview of the requirements along with library resources that complement the program and enhance civics literacy education.