California: Reflecting America, is designed primarily to introduce teachers to Dr. J.S. Holliday's study of past and present relationships which led him to conclude that California's present-day image as a "risk-taking society" is the result of its formative years, especially those years during the Gold Rush and the 1860s through the 1880s. The course will feature a series of oral interviews between the previous instructor and Dr. Holliday exploring topics such as California: America Only More So, Reflections on Rush for Riches, and Teaching Content Standards.

The Course text, Dr. Holliday's award-winning book, Rush for Riches: Gold Fever and the Making of California, will be supplemented by other materials dealing with the teaching of California's Gold Rush Period, State Standards, and Technology Integration. A significant portion of the course will focus on teaching history using primary sources. Students will explore technological applications to learn from and use as presentation tools. Teachers can utilize this course's assignment examples directly in their classrooms.