The University of Nebraska High School (UNHS) has created an online non-credit short course that prepares learners to complete the U.S. civics test. To honor Nebraska’s 150th birthday, Citizenship 101 will be made available on the Nebraska Sesquicentennial, March 1, 2017. It will be offered free in 2017 with a $50 fee to be assessed beginning in 2018. This non-credit short course is available to all who are interested.

Across the nation, there is a growing interest in civics education, specifically in the area of citizenship. The resources provided in this non-credit short course will help learners prepare for the U.S. civics test by covering such topics as the requirements for U.S. citizenship, the duties, responsibilities, rights, and liberties of U.S. citizens, the branches of U.S. government, the rights of the states and much more. The course, which is aligned to Nebraska Social Studies Standards, is available entirely online and there are no additional materials required. To register for Citizenship 101, please visit the Citizenship course page.

"A strong social studies education, including civics, provides students with opportunities to address meaningful issues in our communities, thus encouraging greater civic participation and engagement," according to Nebraska Commissioner of Education Matthew Blomstedt. He added, "The development of the University of Nebraska High School online citizenship short course enhances civics education available to Nebraska students and others. It is an asset to schools and the state as we strive to improve civic readiness."

The University of Nebraska High School has served students at a distance for nearly 90 years and is accredited by the Nebraska Department of Education and AdvancED to offer a complete, college-prep high school curriculum online. Students and schools may choose from more than 100 online core, elective and Advanced Placement courses. Many courses are also NCAA approved. Information about the school can be found at highschool.nebraska.edu.