Illume Programs (formerly WTS/Raptim Transport Service)

Illume Programs (formerly WTS/Raptim Transport Service)

Credits Available

  • Introduction to Mosques, Synagogues, and Cathedrals: The Heritage of Three Faiths in Spain (3 credits, lower division level)
  • Introduction to the Culture of Rome from the Republic to the Renaissance (3 credits, lower division level)
  • Introduction to the History of Art and Architecture in Italy (3 credits, lower division level)

Dates Valid

January 2004 through 2007

Source of Records

Director of Academic Division; Illume; 102 Union Wharf; Boston, MA 02109

About the Training Sponsor

Illume develops group travel programs for religious, educational, and not-for-profit organizations. Theses innovative and engaging programs are conducted at international locales, at venues and sites of historic and topical significance that make programs come alive for participants.

Applying for the Credit

Have your training sponsor submit your transcript or record to the Registrar to apply for the credit.

Course Descriptions

Introduction to Mosques, Synagogues, and Cathedrals: The Heritage of Three Faiths in Spain (3 credits, lower division level)
Designed to introduce students to basic beliefs and practices of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam against the background of 8th to 16th century Spain. Students learn about Muslim life in Spain during the Caliphate of Cordoba, Jewish life in Muslim-controlled southern Spain, distinctive features of Sephardic Judaism, and Catholic institutions such as the Inquisition, Catholic monarchs, forced conversion of Jews and Muslims to Catholicism, and the expulsion of Jews and Muslims from Spain at the end of the 15th century. Examples of interfaith relationships are considered: students study Jewish, Muslim, and Christian approaches to art and architecture with their underlying cultural and religious worldviews.

Introduction to the Culture of Rome from the Republic to the Renaissance (3 credits, lower division level)
This one-week interdisciplinary study tour offers students the opportunity to experience some of the greatest treasures of Western Culture in a context that encourages them to think critically about the historical-cultural context of various events. Includes an introduction to the cultural institutions and practices of imperial Rome, a consideration of the innovations of Roman architecture and their impact on urban life, and examination of the historical context of the rise of Christianity, an introduction to the beliefs and institutions of Roman Catholicism, and a reflection on the philosophical, political, and theological dynamics at work in the Roman Renaissance and the great world-changing events of the 16th century.

Introduction to the History of Art and Architecture in Italy (3 credits, lower division level)
This 9-day program includes a panoramic visit to some of the greatest examples of Italian art and architecture, from Classical to Renaissance times. Interdisciplinary themes are woven into the program so that students will understand better the relationships among art, politics, religion and other cultural dynamics. The program focuses on both classical as well as later Christian and Renaissance art. By experiencing at first hand artistic and architectural masterpieces of Italy, students gain an appreciation for and understanding of different artistic periods and styles; learn to distinguish different artistic mediums and architectural forms and elements; identify the historical and cultural contexts of artistic periods; identify some of the religious, political and cultural world views of Western civilization; and learn how art reflects religious, political, and cultural world views.