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Civics is a branch of learning that treats of the relationship between citizens and their society and state, originally called civil government.[1] Civics curricula became particularly conspicuous in primary and secondary education in the United States in the wake of immigration of non-English speaking immigrants into the United States in the latter half of the 19th century. The Center for Civic Education publishes three sets of curriculum standards for civic education online for grades K-4, 5-8 and 9-12.

In the United Kingdom, similar material is taught as citizenship education.


  1. Civics. Oxford Dictionaries. Oxford University Press (2014). Retrieved on 22 April 2014.