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  • Writer's pictureAbigail Church

AP Human Geography is Where it's at: CHS Course Selection

For the students who love current events, AP Human Geography is one of the nine History and Social Science APs offered at Columbus High School.

AP Human covers a wide range of things, such as; Population and Migration, Cultural Patterns and Processes, Political Patterns and Processes, Agriculture and Rural Land-Use Patterns and Processes, Cities and Urban Land-Use Patterns and Processes, and Industrial and Economic Development patterns and processes.

“The workload is fairly simple and [consists] of mainly studying,” stated Emory Bryant.

The class is offered to all grades, 9th-12th, and is equivalent to an introductory college-level course in Human Geography.

“The course is broad in scope,” remarks Mr. Medders, “so the concepts you learn in APHG will help you in many other social studies and science courses offered at CHS.”

The course focuses mostly on current events, so students will understand what's going on in the world at that time.

The New York Times conducted a poll asking two questions as follows: do you favor military intervention in North Korea and can you point to it on a map? These were the results (hint: you don’t want to be one of these people)

The AP Human exam consists of two parts: free response and multiple choice.

The multiple-choice portion is approximately 1 hour long and contains 60 questions, making up 50% of the total score.

The free-response portion is roughly 1 hr 15 minutes long, consisting of 3 total questions. This part of the test also makes up about 50% of the total score.

According to College Board, ``The exam will test your understanding of the geographic concepts covered in the course units, as well as your ability to analyze maps, geospatial data, and infographics.”

AP Human can also be a very beneficial class outside of high school because of the wide range of topics discussed in the class.

Given that many students are visual learners, “ the best part of the class is the focus on maps,” adds Mr. Medders, “ maps are the most important resource a geographer has at his or her disposal.”

Many colleges will take this credit such as; Auburn University, Columbus State University, Georgia State University, and Brenau University.


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