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AP® Human Geography

  • Name:

    AP® Human Geography (GEOG500)

  • Department:

    Social Studies

  • Credits:

    1.0 (yearlong course)

  • Suggested Prerequisites:

    A grade of an 85% or higher in the subject area course taken the previous year

AP® Human Geography


(Credit for this course can be applied to the 1.0 credit graduation requirement for world studies.)

In this course students will learn how to use and interpret maps, data sets, and geographic models (GIS, aerial photographs, and satellite images). Students will investigate spatial relationships at different scales ranging from the local to the global. Students will apply knowledge to the use of spatial concepts and landscape analysis to examine human organization of space. Students will analyze the relationships between the Nature of and Perspectives on Geography, Population, Cultural Patterns and Processes, Political Organization of Space, Agricultural and Rural Land Use, Industrialization and Economic Development, and Cities and Urban Land Use.

Special Notes:

If you are planning to take the AP® exam associated with this course, then be aware that beginning in Fall 2019 the College Board requires that all students register in October of each school year to take the exam which is held in early May. You must make your decision early. There are penalties associated with late registration and with registering and then deciding not to take the exam at a later date. Please plan accordingly. For more information or if you have more questions, please visit  https://apcentral.collegeboard.org . Once on the site, search Home-Schooled Students to find information on locating testing locations near you. Choosing an AP® course start date in July will make the student ineligible for CCU dual credit.

As an online school, NorthStar Academy is not a testing center. We are a certified AP® course provider. Students must locate a face to face school in their local area that will allow them to sit the exam with their students.

This version of the course is not Dual Credit eligible. To receive Dual Credit, you must register for the DC version of this course, if available.


Explore how humans have understood, used, and changed the surface of the Earth. As students study AP® Human Geography, they will learn about the variety of tools and methods geographers use in their study of places. Students will get to study current events and study trends that are happening today. AP® Human Geography allows students to become critical thinkers. Students will learn a variety of skills in the course such as connecting geographic concepts and processes to real-life scenarios, to understanding spatial relationships using geographic scales. Students will find that AP® Human Geography is an amazing way to learn about humans and how they interact with the world around them.

If there are books and materials for this course, they can be purchased from our Online Bookstore.

Student Feedback

This class is perfect for discussions because of how well the diversity of the class matched with the content of the class.


“I loved the discussions. They really incorporated technology and allowed me to interact with people from around the world, which really enforced APHG. The projects were also very informative and aided me in understanding the course.”

NSA Student

We covered a lot of material on a huge range of topics. I found I could apply almost all of them to the world around me.