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Ⅰ. Introduciton to ACTS Undergraduate System

The mission of our university is to educate the students with the unchanging truth of Christianity in the midst of the changing world, and to train Christian ministers and professionals who are equipped with this truth. In order to fulfill this mission systematically and effectively, we have developed an undergraduate system to meet the needs and demands of this era. All students admitted to the undergraduate system will receive a systematic education in biblical faith and character, and academic foundation and skills through the first year program. After establishing the biblical worldview and value, the students may choose and study in-depth their major areas of interest within the specialized undergraduate programs in their second year. In addition, the students may cultivate a variety of self-directed specializations by choosing a different major within any school/department. Through the undergraduate system, the students can prepare for their future with an integrative sense of competency that encompass not only the in-depth knowledge in their major, but also integrated knowledge. Within the undergraduate system, the students can also receive specific and practical assistance for holistic personal growth and career planning through small group community meetings and teacher-student companionship.

Ⅱ. School of Theology

The School of Theology focuses on the undergraduate level study of theology, the most traditional academic discipline in ACTS. The School of Theology, which began with the launching of ACTS, has played a leading role, not only in Korea, but also in Asia and the world evangelical circles, with its solid tradition and unique academic achievement. In the international setting of ACTS, the students will be able to learn church-unity theology which cannot be learned anywhere else. Here, the students will learn Christian worldview through theological studies and biblical research, cultivate an integrative mindset balancing between theology and faith, and discover our mission to the church and the world.

1) Theology Major

The Theology Major is one of the majors maintaining the longest history and tradition in ACTS. Theological education began with the establishment of ACTS, which has long been renowned as a leading evangelical school in Asia and the world. The Theology Major teaches church unity-oriented, missional, evangelical theology, which distinguishes our school from other schools. Our professors representing different disciplines have gained academic credentials both within and outside Korea and are reputed for their dedicated lectures. The goal of ACTS Theological Major is to train the next generation church leaders who would commit themselves to God’s kingdom and his gospel, and those who would commit themselves to serve as missional and evangelical ministers within and outside Korea as a result of both academic and devotional training based on three-fold educational ideological purpose of ACTS: theocentrism, evangelicalism, and evangelization of Asia.

Ⅲ. School of International Development Cooperation

The School of International Development Cooperation seeks the full meaning of internationalization, which is one of the three characteristics of our university: internationalization, interdenominationalism, and evangelicalism. In accordance with our university's founding philosophy based on the evangelical faith, the School of International Development Cooperation supports the development projects in many developing nations in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, and fosters those who would minister to people in developing nations to live better lives. The School of International Development offers three majors, and all students are required to take double major, freely selecting two of the majors offered at our university. The International Development Cooperation Major produces those NGO field practitioners who have the ability to adapt to other cultures and to have a beneficiary-oriented mindset. The Global English Studies Major trains global-minded students with practical English language skills to communicate effectively anywhere in the world. The Chinese Studies Major trains students to be Chinese experts who are active in various fields related to China through systematic education from the basic Chinese to Korean-Chinese interpretation.

1) International Development Cooperation Major

The International Development Cooperation Major trains future leaders who can effectively carry out the international development cooperation projects of the government of the Republic of Korea, the public organizations, and the private organizations, as such projects are increasing in our nation. As the Republic of Korea expands the role as a donor country, the demand for experts in this field is continuously increasing. The International Development Cooperation Major supports students to be equipped with Christ's love, cultural sensitivity, and professional qualifications so that they may effectively communicate with various stake holders in the international development cooperation projects and manage beneficiary-oriented development projects.

2) Global English Studies Major

In the era of rapid globalization, English is used by many people, as it is recognized as the world’s official language. ACTS University's English Major is based on the Christian evangelical mindset and is focused on the practical English education to help improve mission and English communication skills. Thus, our goal is to train integrative, international-minded students with a global sense, English proficiency, and broad understanding of multicultural society. As a result, we aim to nurture those who would be needed in places such as NGO organizations, relief organizations, and corporations, both local and abroad.

3) Chinese Studies Major

The Chinese Studies Major is established for the purpose of training Chinese specialists who are grounded in the foundation of Christian faith and trained systematically in Chinese language skills and Chinese cultural understandings, beginning with the fundamentals of Chinese language study (from 2nd year), and culminating at the level of Korean-Chinese translation (during 4th year), so as to be able to actively engage in all Chinese related areas.

Ⅳ. School of Educational Media Communication

The School of Educational Media Communication is a community with a vision for learning and a goal of cultivating educational and media experts and leaders who can understand education, media, and practice biblical wisdom in various fields of life, based on Christian worldview and confession of faith,which leads to salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. Based on our educational foundation (theocentricism and evangelicalism) and our educational purpose (Asia evangelization and world mission), we present a vision for home, church, school, and social culture, both domestic and foreign. We are establishing Christian education program for Christian character and transformation and nurturing media ministry experts who would build the kingdom of God in the areas of education and the world as a whole. Our School offers two majors: Christian Education and Media Content Development. The Christian Education Major is a course which aims to train educational experts for church education and Christian college school education. The students can acquire a Christian school teacher certificate specially provided by ACSI, the International Federation of Christian Schools. It also trains educational experts such as teachers, pastors, and missionaries at Christian alternative schools in Korea and abroad. The Media Contents Development Major trains the students for the development and operation in the areas of Christian media and educational media.

1) Christian Education (ACSI) Major

Christian education has the function and role of taking care of and ultimately changing the world by critically reflecting on the tradition and culture of the church, human experience, and social culture based on the biblical worldview. The Christian education at ACTS University is not just a discipline that simply applies theoretical theology to the secular field, but pursues a practical and social science-based living education that enables dialogue with and persuasion of the world’s diverse views and pluralistic tendencies. In particular, we are carrying out practical tasks to develop and reform the situations which the Christian schools and church schools are facing, and to contribute to the academic development of Christian pedagogy.

2) Media Contents Creation Major

The Media Contents Development Major is a future-oriented, innovative major designed to develop the knowledge of the world as created by God and to obtain new ideas through media creation. The Media Contents Development Major is a decisive major that helps the students to create multimedia texts with critical thinking skills and effective communication skills unique to pedagogy. With top experts in Christian education and professors in media literacy and media development, the students will learn a wide range of areas focused on multimedia components and digital pedagogy.

Ⅴ. School of Counseling & Social Welfare

The rapid social change and the resulting complex social conflicts and diverse social problem resolutions have reached a serious level that cannot be solved with the traditional thoughts and solutions alone. The School of Counseling and Welfare was established with the aim of training Christian human service experts who are equipped with the integrative, practical capability of “healing and welfare,” so that they may actively respond to the new demands of the rapidly reorganizing society. We await the future candidates who dream of becoming youth counseling and guidance specialists and social welfare specialists who have expertise in youth counseling and guidance in various welfare fields!

1) Social Welfare Major

The Social Welfare Major, based on the Christian social welfare values, offers first-level social worker intensive program, international NGO social welfare worker program, youth counseling welfare worker program, multicultural social welfare worker program, and social welfare civil servant program. Our Major was established to cultivate Christian social welfare experts who would lead the welfare society through a customized program that combines course curriculum program, comparative study program, overseas program, teacher-student companionship program, and field training.

2) Youth Counseling & Guidance Major

Due to drastic societal changes, the youth-related problems have become a very serious issue. This is reflected by the recent phenomena, such as school violence and group harassment. The parents also find it difficult to monitor such rapid changes related to career path and college entrance. Moreover, the youth are pressurize by the increasing level of competency demanded of them in this globalized era. Thus, the Youth Counseling & Guidance Major has been newly established to holistically nurture the youth for future leadership. The educational aim is to train the youth counselors and youth leaders in character, spirituality, and expertise. Our Major also facilitates Christian counselor program to train Christian-perspective counseling to the youth, as well as all age groups.

Department of Theology

Purpose of Education The purpose of the Department of Theology is to nurture future church leaders and evangelists to serve in Korea and abroad. Through theological research and education, emphasizing our school’s three-fold ideals of theocentrism, evangelicalism, and evangelization of Asia and the world, the students are trained to enhance their evangelical faith and scholarship, as well as their sense of mission.

Goals of Education

  • to cultivate the students toward a balanced character and scholarship through life experience of saving faith in Jesus Christ and God-centered spiritual training,
  • to equip the students with the basic knowledge of leadership in church and society through a wide range of liberal arts curriculum based on Christian worldview.
  • to teach the students the whole Bible in order to establish a solid theological foundation, and to help the students to acquire the basic knowledge necessary for indepth research in each area of theology.
  • to instill in the students a sense of ownership regarding the vision of evangelization of Asia and the world, and to encourage missional and international mindedness through overseas field trips.
  • to foster in the students an attitude of ecumenical leadership working in harmony and collaboration with churches and denominations which abide by the biblical interpretation of the apostolic confession of faith and orthodox doctrines.

Objectives After graduation, with a B.Th. degree, the students can advance to a seminary of their choosing for an M.Div. degree and become a pastor or missionary. After the M.Div. program, if the students choose to further their research on a specific area of theology, then they could pursue a more scholarly degree, such as Th.M. or Ph.D.

Requirements for B.Th. Degree The total number of credits necessary for graduation are at least 130, of which at least 42 credits of liberal arts courses are required. The credits required of the courses related to Theology major are:
① for students who are pursuing Theology major only : at least 50 credits of theology courses
② for students who are pursuing two majors

Majors Credits
Department of Theology 40
Department of Intercultural Studies & Social Welfare 40
Department of Christian Education & Counseling 40
Department of English and Global Studies 45
Department of Chinese Studies 45

③ for students who are also pursuing a minor
Majors Credits
Department of Theology 40
Department of Intercultural Studies & Social Welfare 21
Department of Christian Education & Counseling 21
Department of English and Global Studies 30
Department of Chinese Studies 30

Department of Intercultural Studies & Social Welfare

Purpose of Education The purpose of the Department of Intercultural Studies is to nurture mission specialists who can effectively share the gospel of Jesus Christ to various nations and people groups of the world. The students will be trained to experience the gospel of salvation only through faith in Jesus Christ, to demonstrate godly lifestyle based upon the principle of God-centeredness, and to view the world and history from the perspective of mission.

Goals of Education

  • to develop basic knowledge of international environment for a field leader in an age of international society and to carry out cross-culture mission based on gospel-centered faith and theology.
  • to be competent with specialized mission skills in theory and practice for a mission expert in teaching and administration at local church or cross-cultural institute and to learn diverse theory of mission from the perspective of Evangelicalism by collecting information about target area of mission via on-site visit or class.
  • to be equipped with site-specific knowledge in language and all circumstances. The students will engage in an intensive training in site-specific language learning. The students will acquire the basic knowledge of the history, the culture, the religion, the politics, and the society of their particular region, as well as the critical understanding of the changing conditions of the people and life circumstances.

Objectives The students, in accordance with the purpose and goals of education, will acquire the basic knowledge in theology, missiology, and regional studies, and understand the general theories and practices of cross-cultural mission. To enhance such learning, intensive courses like praise mission, sports mission, cultural mission, and welfare mission, among others, will be offered. The site-specific language courses will help establish a foundation for research and preparation for mission. The graduates will receive a B.A. degree in Missiology and will be assisted to obtain a 2nd level certificate for Intercultural Communicator (IC).

Requirements for B.A. in Intercultural Studies The total credits necessary for graduation are at least 130, of which the credits for liberal arts courses must be at least 42. The credits required of the courses related to Missiology major are:
① for students whose major is Missiology only : at least 50 credits of courses
② for students who are pursuing two majors

 
Majors Credits
Department of Intercultural Studies & Social Welfare 40
Department of Theology 40
Department of Christian Education & Counseling 40
Department of English and Global Studies 45
Department of Chinese Studies 45
③ for students who are also pursuing a minor
Majors Credits
Department of Intercultural Studies & Social Welfare 40
Department of Theology 21
Department of Christian Education & Counseling 21
Department of English and Global Studies 30
Department of Chinese Studies 30

Department of Christian Education & Counseling

Purpose of Education The purpose of the Department of Christian Education is to educate men and women to be Christian education specialists who can understand Christian education based on foundational confession of faith in Jesus Christ for salvation, plan education projects such as creative curriculum and activity, and execute them at diverse fields of education.

Goals of Education

  • to ground the students in the theory and application of Christian education.
  • to foster competence in educational planning and execution using specialized knowledge of Christian education.
  • to train the students to discern and dynamically deal with the changes in modern society at diverse fields of education.

Objectives The Department of Christian Education philosophy is based on three foundational ideals of theocentirsm, evangelicalism, and evangelicalism of Asia and the world, and is committed to education and research in the areas of education-related problems. The department is committed not only to Christian education within the church setting, but also to any activities based on Christian faith. Therefore, the department focuses on theoretical research and application of education activities based on theocentrism and evangelicalism, and teaches how to effectively develop education programs.. After graduating with a B.A. degree. the graduates can serve as educators in churches, Christian organizations, or schools. After graduation, the students may pursue an M.Div. program at ACTS or their denominational school in order to become a pastor, a missionary, or any type of gospel-related minister or pursue a higher degree at a graduate school in Korea or abroad.

Requirements for B.A. in Christian Education & Counseling The total number of credits necessary for graduation are at least 130, of which at least 42 credits of liberal arts courses are required. The credits required of the courses related to their major in Christian Education are:
① for students whose major is Christian Education only : at least 50 credits of courses related to their major
② for students who are pursuing two majors

Majors Credits
Department of Christian Education & Counseling 40
Department of Theology 40
Department of Intercultural Studies & Social Welfare 40
Department of English and Global Studies 45
Department of Chinese Studies 45

③ for students who are also pursuing a minor
Majors Credits
Department of Christian Education & Counseling 40
Department of Theology 21
Department of Intercultural Studies & Social Welfare 21
Department of English and Global Studies 30
Department of Chinese Studies 30
 

Department of English and Global Studies

Purpose of Education The purpose of the Department of English and Global Studies is to nurture mission specialists in their specific areas of calling by helping them to experience salvation faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ, to live out God-centered life of devotion, and to share this gospel to all of Asia and the world. Specifically, by training the students to be proficient in English language, the official language in the world, the students will become more efficient as mission specialities.

Goals of Education
  • to train the students to experience the gospel of Christ, and to establish a mission-mindedness based upon solid Christian faith and theology.
  • to train the students to be competent in English language, both theoretically and practically.
  • to train the students to acquire international way of thinking so that they may work more effectively in their cross-cultural mission fields or make significant contributions in various fields of the international society.

Objectives The Department of English and Global Studies considers personal conversion and spiritual training as top priority. The students are encouraged to faithfully participate in chapel worship, discipleship training, and other non-formal spiritual programs. The department is also committed to instill in the minds and hearts of the students a strong sense of call to mission. The students are challenged to make contributions towards the cause of evangelization of Asia and the world. Moreover, the students are encouraged to take courses offered by other departments (Theology, Missiology, and Christian Education) and to participate in mission-related programs at home and mission trips abroad. Finally, the department specializes in English learning, and systematically offers courses in the following categories: grammar, conversation, reading, practical English, and mission. Through intimate fellowship with native speaking professors and international students on campus, as well as participation in English worship service and other English programs, the students can naturally enhance their proficiency in English language.

Requirements for B.A. in English and Global Studies The total credits necessary for graduation are at least 130, of which the credits for liberal arts courses must be at least 42. The credits required of the courses related to English and Global Studies major are:
① for students whose major is English and Global Studies only : at least 60 credits of courses
② for students who are pursuing two majors

Majors Credits
Department of English and Global Studies 45
Department of Theology 40
Department of Intercultural Studies & Social Welfare 40
Department of Christian Education & Counseling 40
Department of Chinese Studies 45

③ for students who are also pursuing a minor
Majors Credits
Department of English and Global Studies 45
Department of Theology 21
Department of Intercultural Studies & Social Welfare 21
Department of Christian Education & Counseling 21
Department of Chinese Studies 30

Department of Chinese Studies

Purpose of Education The purpose of the Department of Chinese Studies is to educate men and women to be experts in China mission and other area of interests. Students will be trained to personally experience Christian faith. The saving faith in Jesus Christ may be shared with Chinese people through a good command of Chinese language and knowledge.

Goals of Education

  • to nurture mature Christians through the gospel of Christ and God-centered spiritual training.
  • to produce skilled Chinese translators and interpreters who have broad understanding of Chinese history, culture, politics, economy, and religion.
  • to reinforce Chinese language skills and to help cultivate a vision for China through on-site classes.

Objectives The Department of Chinese Studies is committed to help the students to strengthen their faith in Christ, to confirm their vision in Christ, and to develop their Chinese language skills. After graduation, the students may apply to graduate schools in ACTS, or other schools in Korea, as well as other countries, including China.

Requirements for B.A. in Chinese Studies The total credits necessary for graduation are at least 130, of which the credits for liberal arts courses must be at least 30. The credits required of the courses related to Chinese Studies major are:
① for students whose major is Chinese Studies only : at least 60 credits of courses
② for students who are pursuing two majors : at least 45 credits of courses related to one major and 35 credits for the other

Majors Credits
Department of Chinese Studies 45
Department of Theology 40
Department of Intercultural Studies & Social Welfare 40
Department of Christian Education & Counseling 40
Department of English and Global Studies 45

③ for students who are also pursuing a minor : at least 35 credits of courses related to their major and 21 credits for their minor
Majors Credits
Department of Chinese Studies 45
Department of Theology 21
Department of Intercultural Studies & Social Welfare 21
Department of Christian Education & Counseling 21
Department of English and Global Studies 30