Human Geography, Associate in Arts

Program Code: 0210


If you think geography is all about staring at maps and memorizing state capitals, you couldn’t be more wrong. As a Human Geography student, you’ll study a wide variety of subjects: deserts in the making, the causes of many urban governmental decisions, the paths of tornadoes, and the way international trade agreements affect business in a small town. Human Geographers study how human communities function globally and locally and learn how to read future social and economic trends. Study of Human Geography will allow you to obtain your bachelor’s degree at a four-year college. If you are interested in community development, environmental protection, local government, or in working in organizations like the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the Red Cross, the World Health Organization or even the World Bank, the human geography pathway is a great choice for you.

This is an example course sequence for students interested in pursuing Human Geography. This does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If this pathway is followed as outlined, you will earn an AA degree. One course will satisfy the Human Diversity (HD) requirement, and is labeled with an (HD) in the sequence below. Following this pathway will help you get your associate degree, which will increase your chances of transfer to Bachelor’s-level programs of study. Choose Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) courses to fulfill general education requirements whenever possible. Visit and speak with your college advisor to learn more about IAI.

As of July 2014, World Language courses are no longer a degree requirement. In the sequence below, World Language courses are called out as suggested electives. Please talk with your College Advisor to determine the best education plan for you.

Semester-by-Semester Program Plan for Full-Time Students

All plans can be modified to fit the needs of part-time students by adding more semesters.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Hours
ENGLISH 101 Composition 1 3
MATH 125 Introductory Statistics 1 4
Fine Arts course 1 3
GEOG 101 World Geography (HD) 1 3
World Language course 2 4
Semester 2
ENGLISH 102 Composition 1 3
SPEECH 101 Fundamentals of Speech Communication 1 3
GEOG 102 Economic Geography 1 3
World Language course 2 4
Pathway Elective 2 3
Semester 3
GEOG 201 Physical Geography 1 3
Fine Arts & Humanities 1 3
ANTHRO 202 Cultural Anthropology 1 3
World Language course 2 4
Pathway Elective 2 3
Semester 4
Humanities course 1 3
Life Sciences course 1 4
Pathway Elective 2 3
World Language course or Elective 2 3-4
 Total Hours62-63

General Education Requirement


Pathway Elective

Pathway ElectiveS

RELIGN 101Introduction To Religion3
RELIGN 108Religion And Psychology3
CIS 120Introduction to Computer Applications3
CIS 145Database Management3
ECON 201Principles Of Economics I3
ECON 202Principles Of Economics II3
LIS 101Information Literacy3
PHIL 106Introduction To Philosophy3
PHIL 107Ethics3
PHY SCI 118Introduction to Meteorology4
POL SCI 204International Relations (HD)3
POL SCI 205Public Administration3
SOC 201Intro To the Study Of Society (HD)3
SOC 210Diverse Cultures/Global Age (HD)3
World Language courses

Recommended electives may vary by transfer institution. Choose your courses with your College Advisor.

Institution-specific transfer guides and agreements can be found on CCC's transfer site.