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Course name
California Missions
Live course taught by Christopher Martin for Summer 2024 High School American History

Explore the courageous exploits of evangelists like Junipero Serra in the founding, practice, and decline of the California Missions!

From 1769-1833, the Spanish empire sponsored Catholic missions and missionaries up and down the California coast. This course traces their rise and fall, their nature and impact, and especially the activities of the missionaries themselves.

Instructor Bio: Christopher Martin, PhD

Total classes


Class dates

Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, July 29, 30, 31, August 1, 5, 6, 7, and 8, 2024

Starting time

2:30 PM Eastern (1:30 Central; 12:30 Mountain; 11:30 Pacific)





Suggested grade level

High School and Middle School

Suggested credit

2/3 semester History, American History, or Modern History


Day 1: Introduction and overview of syllabus and assignments

Day 2: Background - Spain in California

Day 3: Early Years

Day 4: Expansion and Growth

Day 5: The Glory of the Missions

Day 6: Mission Architecture

Day 7: Life in the Mission

Day 8: The End of the Missions


  • None


  • Daily, optional review quizzes based on classroom lectures and discussions. Worth bonus points.

  • Students will compose a guided 2-3 page short answer exercise in analyzing the history of California missions.
    NOTE: Middle Schoolers taking this class must instead write a 1-2 page short-answer exercise.



Fee: For all 8 classes: $137 if you register on or before April 15; $157 if you register after April 15. (Registration closes one week before the first day of class. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)

Course name
California Missions
Christopher Martin
Sharon Szafasz
Summer 2024
History ➤ American History
Grade level
High School
Course type
Seats available
30 seats available
Seats remaining
27 seats remaining
Start time
July 29th, 2024 at 2:43 PM ET
End time
August 8th, 2024 at 4:00 PM ET
Access start time
July 15th, 2024 at 9:00 AM ET
Access end time
February 28th, 2025 at 2:44 PM ET
Enrollment availability start time
February 7th, 2024 at 2:45 PM ET
Early enrollment discount ended
April 15th, 2024 at 11:59 PM ET
Late enrollment penalty start time
July 22nd, 2024 at 12:45 AM ET
Enrollment availability end time
July 25th, 2024 at 12:45 PM ET
Relative due dates
Relative due dates are disabled for this course.

Dr. Martin teaches history and theology for Homeschool Connections, and serves as an Adjunct Professor of History at both Southern New Hampshire University and Antelope Valley College. He holds BA degrees in History and Theology from Christendom College (2007); an MA in History from National University (2012); and a Ph.D. in History from CGU (2018). Dr. Martin's research interests include the Lost Cause, the Federalists & Anti-Federalists, and the Impact of Wars and Depressions Upon the American Social Mind. He lives in Alpine, California, with his wife and three sons.

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Sharon Szafasz

Sharon was born and raised in the Midwest. In 2017 Sharon and her family moved to sunny Arizona. She enjoys the warmer weather, mountains, and the beauty of the west. She enjoys visiting National parks, hiking, getting together with friends, and spending time with her family.  She and her husband homeschooled their children. Sharon enjoys being a class monitor for Homeschool Connections. "Every day is a new experience and a chance to learn something new! I love our Catholic faith and feel so blessed to be able to begin each class with prayer, and with faith-filled teachers and students."

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