Who should take Advanced Placement Human Geography?
AP Human Geography is a year-long college level course designed for students entering the 9th grade. Students who are interested in history, geography and cultural anthropology are encouraged to apply.
What will we be studying?
The AP Human Geography course is the equivalent of a college survey course in modern Human Geography. As the College Board states, “The purpose of the AP Human Geography course is to introduce students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of Earth’s surface. Students employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis to examine human social organization and its environmental consequences. They also learn about the methods and tools geographers use in their science and practice.” Students taking this course will still be eligible for AP World or AP European History their sophomore year.
What will be expected of me?
AP Human Geography is a rigorous course that involves heavy reading in both primary and secondary sources, frequently on philosophical or other complex historical problems to which most students have had no previous exposure. Some homework assignments will be long and difficult. Students will be using a college level textbook as well as and secondary readings. In addition, students will be expected to write essays, which require a mature writing style. Active class participation will be an indication of a student's commitment to the course.
How is the course taught?
Several teaching strategies are employed in teaching the course. Many lessons use a question/answer technique; others involve student debates, role plays, etc. Students are frequently asked to analyze documents as part of the lesson.
What are the completion requirements?
Students will be expected to complete over 100 homework assignments in the course of the year. There will be approximately 10 full period tests, five each term. Students will write a number of essays, either at home or as part of an examination. Students will be expected to take the AP Human Geography Exam in May.