What is Advanced Placement® Human Geography? (APHG)

APHG is a college level course designed to represent a systematic study of the Earth and its inhabitants. It is the fastest growing AP course in the country.
APHG mirrors a typical undergraduate level Introduction to Human Geography course and covers the following seven units:
  • The geographic perspective;
  • Population
  • Cultural patterns and processes
  • Political organization of space
  • Agricultural and rural land use
  • Industrialization and economic development
  • Cities and urban land use

This course should help students understand how cultural, economic and political systems relate to the distribution of human activities, the nature of places, and people’s interaction with their environment.

In addition to mastering the course content, each student should be prepared to pass the national college-level Advanced Placement Examination in May. Students may be eligible for college credit for successfully completing the exam. This course should prepare students to enroll in intermediate and advanced level human geography courses at the college level.

AP Human Geography Resources

NCGE APHG Bell Ringers Daily Review Questions

Every week, NCGE sends daily review questions, or Bell-Ringers, directly to your inbox. Written by Ken Keller, these questions will help focus your students on the essential concepts of each unit.

About Bell Ringers

How to Teach APHG in One Semester

This resource includes a complete set of by-unit calendars showing how to condense the AP Human Geography course into one semester. Provided by Lisa Sanders, an APHG Reader and NCGE Member teacher from Minnesota, who has been teaching APHG for over a decade.

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APHG Publications

See the NCGE store for our most popular publications which support APHG instruction:

A Teacher’s Guide to Advanced Placement Human Geography (Bednarz)

AP Human Geography (Smothers-Marcello)

APHG Test Bank (Casini, Swanson)

National Standards for Geography

The National Standards for Geography:  Geography For Life, highlights the content knowledge, skills and perspectives students should have before graduating from secondary school.

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