Online Sustainability and Cultural Geography

CGF 194 - Resilient American Futures: An Academic Road Trip


The communities, cities, and natural systems that are linked by America’s 2,400 mile Interstate 10 highway are currently confronted with some of the biggest sustainability problems that will eventually affect the entire country. Connecting the fastest growing, most demographically diverse, and most disaster-vulnerable U.S. cities from Los Angeles to Jacksonville, the I-10 provides a living observatory for exploring modern problems like climate change and social inequity while envisioning more sustainable and inclusive futures.

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Course prerequisites and requirements

To be successful in this course, we recommend English language fluency and computer literacy. We also encourage you to make sure your laptop or desktop computer meets the technical requirements.

Quick facts

Next start date:

Oct. 10, 2023

Mar. 06, 2024

  • Credits: 3
  • Length: 8 weeks
  • Cost: $25 + $400

What you’ll learn

  • Analyze real world resource systems, resilience problems, and possible solutions affecting local communities across the country, using concepts from multiple academic fields
  • Relate historical development, cultural diversity, and associated social equity issues to contemporary problems and solutions
  • Develop media literacy by conducting basic research required in a collegiate setting
  • Identify the specific college course offerings, degree tracks, and career paths for each student’s individual interests and goals

What to expect in class

Videos, readings, discussions, assignments, activities, and quizzes

Exams and grading


Yellowdig Discussions






Research Journey


Career Activities


This course appears on your transcript identically to how it appears on the transcript of an enrolled ASU student who has taken the course on one of ASU’s campuses.

This course satisfies 3 credit hours toward the Social-Behavioral (SB) and Cultural Diversity in the United States (C) General Studies requirements at Arizona State University. It is strongly encouraged that you consult with your institution of choice to determine how these credits will be applied to their degree requirements prior to transferring your credit.

Faculty and course staff




Research Analyst,

University City Exchange

Arizona State University

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Why take ASU Universal Learner Courses

  1. Credit you receive is from a regionally accredited university
  2. Your credit is highly transferable
  3. You only pay the $400 course cost if you pass