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Board of Governors Adds Factual History Course as Option for Requirements for Social Sciences Core

TALLAHASSEE, FL (January 24, 2024) – The Board of Governors approved an amendment to add Introductory Survey to 1877 to the core course options for social sciences. This American history course replaces Principles of Sociology.

The addition provides students with the opportunity to take a factual history course that focuses on the forces that shaped America as part of their general education course requirements. Introductory Survey to 1877 teaches students a historically accurate account of America’s founding, the horrors of slavery, the resulting Civil War, and the Reconstruction era.

“I am proud of the Board’s decision today and look forward to the positive impact the addition of this course will have on our students’ and their future success. Florida’s students of our State University System will have the opportunity to learn about the creation and development of our nation as part of the core course options,” said Chancellor Ray Rodrigues.

As President Abraham Lincoln stated to the One Hundred Sixty-sixth Ohio Regiment on August 22, 1864, “It is not merely for today, but for all time to come that we should perpetuate for our children’s children this great and free government, which we have enjoyed all our lives.”

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