December 2000 graduate awarded Certificate of Civic Literacy

HAYS, KS -- Zachary King, Hays, is the first-ever recipient of the Certificate of Civic Literacy from the Department of Political Science and Justice Studies at Fort Hays State University.

King graduated with a B.A. in political science in December 2000.

The certificate is an outgrowth of a Seminar of Civic Literacy class taught by Dr. Richard Heil, chair of the Department of Political Science and Justice Studies, during the fall 2000 semester.

Throughout the semester, with reading and discussion, the class pursued topics such as what role higher education plays in training students to be responsible citizens, what it means to be a responsible citizen and what activities a responsible citizen takes part in. A class project was undertaken to design a list of topics that would result in the awarding of the certificate.

Seven requirements must be met to receive the certificate. Those requirements include:

1) Complete 12 hours of credit in specified courses with a grade of "C" or better.
2) Register to vote and vote.
3) Pass a civic literacy exam.
4) Write a letter to your member of congress and receive a reply.
5) Serve 20 hours of approved community service.
6) Attend a local government meeting.
7) Write an essay in support of or in opposition to the 28th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.

For further information about the Certificate of Civic Literacy, contact Heil at (785) 628-4425 or

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