AP Human Geography*

The Advanced Placement Program is sponsored by the College Board and is a way for high school students to study college-level courses and possibly receive credit, advanced placement, or both. AP offers 35 college level courses with Human Geography being the newest.

The AP Program benefits students, schools, and teachers in many ways including:

  • students demonstrate scholarship on national and international levels
  • students study in greater depth
  • students improve their chances of being accepted by the college of their choice
  • students are often exempted from introductory courses at college
  • students may be granted sophomore standing
  • students are eligible for AP Scholar Awards
  • teachers are offered professional development
  • teachers gain job satisfaction
  • schools demonstrate desired outcomes

There is no school participation fee. Students pay $79 (collected in November) for each exam administered in May. A fee-reduction policy by the Board and various federal, state, and school districts may also support AP participation.


The Human Geography Course
This introductory course is usually the equivalent of a one semester semester introductory college course in length. It may be taught within a variety of high school schedules (block, semester, full year) and need not follow any specific college course curriculum. The aim is to provide an experience similar to most college introductory human geography courses. Students study the systematic patterns and processes that have shaped human use, understanding, and alteration of Earthıs surface. Spatial concepts and landscape analysis are the basis for analyzing human social organization and its environmental consequences. The five primary goals are to:

  • use and think about maps and spatial data sets
  • understand and interpret the implications of associations among phenomena in places
  • recognize and interpret at different scales the relationships among patterns and processes
  • define regions and evaluate the regionalization process
  • characterize and analyze changing interconnections among places.

Course Outline

I. Human Geography: Its Nature and Perspectives
II. Population
III. Cultural Patterns and Processes
IV. Political organization of Space
V. Agriculture and Rural Land Use
VI. Industrialization and Economic Development
VII. Cities and Urban Land Use

The Examination
The AP Examination in Human Geography is approximately two hours and includes both at 60 minute multiple choice section and a 60 minute free-response section. Each half accounts for 50% of the examination grade. Sample questions are available for review from the Boardıs booklet AP Course Description: Human Geography. Further, details on test grades, distributions, credit, test security, and teacher support are also available in this document.

New Hampshire Geographic Alliance Support
Your NHGA offers a school/departmental award of $250, up to four per year, for schools adopting the official AP Human Geography Program.

Web Address:http://www.collegeboard.com/ap

Contact your College Board Regional Office at:
New England Regional Office
Mr. Fred Wetzel
470 Totten Pond Road
Waltham, MA 02451-1982
781.890.9150
fwetzel@collegeboard.org

NHGA Contact:
Al Rydant
Department of Geography
Keene State College
Keene, NH 03435-2001
603.358.2508
arydant@keene.edu

*Information compiled from: Facts About the Advanced Placement Program (1999) and Course Description: AP Human Geography (May 2002-May 2003): The College Entrance Examination Board and Educational Testing Service.





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