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 yea

AP Human Geography


The course teaches students how to use and interpret maps, data sets, and geographic models (GIS, aerial photographs, and satellite images). The course teaches spatial relationships at different scales ranging from the local to the global. The course teaches the use of spatial concepts and landscape analysis to examine human organization of space. The course will also include topics such as: 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.


Do you like to travel to new places, get to know new cultures, try exotic or delicious cuisines from different countries or converse with people from different backgrounds? AP® Human Geography explores the way in which we as humans interact with not only one another but the earth as well. Throughout the course we will become geographers by studying topics that affect humans such as the causes of migration, population decrease and growth, cultural influences, language development, religion, urban patterns, etc... This AP® level course helps us to understand one another and the world around us better.

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.

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