Advanced Cultural Studies (ACS) Program at BTS

Advanced Cultural Studies (ACS)
"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.

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Goals and Learning Outcomes of the ACS Program

The goal of Advanced Cultural Studies (ACS) is to provide BTS students with:


  1. Graduate-level English
  2. Theological English


  1. Intercultural Sensitivity
  2. Practices of Global Christianity


  1. Christ-like Character Development
  2. Commitment to Communities of Faith

After completing Advanced Cultural Studies (ACS), students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate competency in using comprehensive English skills for academic success in their graduate-level study.
  2. Demonstrate competency in theological terminology, missional theology, biblical literacy, and research skills.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to show cultural competence, multicultural awareness, interpersonal communication, and conflict management in diverse communities.
  4. 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:

Advanced Courses

  • ACS301 - Theological Communication
  • ACS302 - Theological Reading
  • ACS303 - Theological Writing
  • ACS304 - The Story of the Old Testament and New Testament
  • ACS307 - Topics in Christian Counseling

Intermediate Courses

  • ACS201 - Academic Communication
  • ACS202 - Critical Reading Skills
  • ACS203 - Critical Writing Skills
  • ACS204 - Intro to Philosophy and the Christian Worldview
  • ACS205 - Topics in Christian Education

Introductory Courses

  • 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. 1) Take the TOEFL iBT test to determine your score. TOEFL score must be 60 or above.
  2. 2) Complete Biblical Seminary’s online Degree Application

Category B Student

Students who have completed two or more years of college/university (60 credits or more) and who do not need an I-20:

  1. 1) Take the TOEFL iBT test to determine your score. TOEFL score must be 60 or above.
  2. 2) Complete Biblical Seminary’s online Non-Degree Application

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