Specialization in Theological English, American Culture, and Spiritual Formation
"If you are among the gifted men and women considering ministry training in the U.S. and your first language is not English, I invite you to consider Biblical Seminary’s Advanced Cultural Studies, designed for qualified international students who wish to study in a theological community at the graduate level."
- Dr. Frank James, President of BTS
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Who Should Consider Our ACS Program?
The Advanced Cultural Studies program is for any student desiring a theological education and whose primary language is not English, no matter where they are from. Typical English language training can fall short of equipping students for graduate level ministry study. Students face many issues in moving to a strange land with confusing customs and little access to the help they need.
Advanced Cultural Studies is designed to provide training for graduate level students in need of focused academic training in the English language, cultural awareness, and theological terminology in addition to regular program courses at BTS.
Why is BTS's ACS Program Unique?
The Advanced Cultural Studies curriculum includes cultural and spiritual formation, English language practice, and theological studies.
“Here at BTS I enjoy the passion of the professors and the classroom interaction. I am also growing in my knowledge of what “missional” is which is helping me on my journey to become an effective pastor for the Lord.”
Shin Hyung Park, ACS Student
Goals and Learning Outcomes of the ACS Program
The goal of Advanced Cultural Studies (ACS) is to provide BTS students with:
Practices of Global Christianity
Christ-like Character Development
Commitment to Communities of Faith
After completing Advanced Cultural Studies (ACS), students should be able to:
Demonstrate competency in using comprehensive English skills for academic success in their graduate-level study.
Demonstrate competency in theological terminology, missional theology, biblical literacy, and research skills.
Demonstrate the ability to show cultural competence, multicultural awareness, interpersonal communication, and conflict management in diverse communities.
Demonstrate capacity to maintain spiritual, intellectual, and emotional health by managing their daily life, studies, and social activities in a Christian environment.
How Many Terms or Classes Will I Need to Take?
The number of classes is determined by your TOEFL iBT score, which is a highly respected English-language test. It measures your ability to use and understand English at the university level, and evaluates how well you combine your listening, reading, speaking and writing skills to perform academic tasks. If you need to take the test, or additional information, you may visit the TOEFL site to learn more.
Our Required TOEFL iBT Scores:
TOEFL iBT score minimum requirement = 60
If your score is 60-69: 3 terms are required
If your score is 70-79: 2 terms are required
If your score is 80 and above: Selected courses may be recommended
Full-time students: 5 courses are required in each term
Advanced Cultural Studies Curriculum:
ACS301 - Theological Communication
ACS302 - Theological Reading
ACS303 - Theological Writing
ACS304 - The Story of the Old Testament and New Testament
ACS307 - Topics in Christian Counseling
ACS201 - Academic Communication
ACS202 - Critical Reading Skills
ACS203 - Critical Writing Skills
ACS204 - Intro to Philosophy and the Christian Worldview
ACS205 - Topics in Christian Education
ACS101 - Introduction to American Culture
ACS102 - Reading About American Church Culture
ACS103 - English Writing Skills
ACS104 - Introduction to American History
ACS105 - Theological Terminology
Level 3: 2 ACS courses + 2 degree program courses
Other Requirements for Entry to BTS's ACS Program:
If you are an international student transferring your visa status to BTS (Category A), you must be accepted into one of our degree programs. If you are an international student that does not require transfer of your visa status (Category B), you do not need to apply for a degree program. Here are the requirements for application:
Category A Students
Students with a completed undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university who need an I-20:
1) Take the TOEFL iBT test to determine your score. TOEFL score must be 60 or above.