Program Goals

  1. Produce graduates that can demonstrate effective utilization of human service skills, values, and ethics necessary for working in the broad area of human/social services.
  2. Produce graduates that have successfully completed human/social service internships and/or research related capstone experiences.
  3. Produce graduates that qualify for admission to graduate degree programs in human/social service or related areas of study.

The Bachelor of Human Services (BHS) Program, also known as the BHS/FLEX Program, offers an accelerated degree for adult learners who work in the human services field. The program is offered at Lincoln University’s University City location conveniently located on Philadelphia’s Avenue of Technology corridor one block from Amtrak’s 30th Street Train Station. The proven and tested Lincoln University undergraduate major in human services serves as the foundation for the BHS/FLEX Program. All required core courses and major requirements have been incorporated, with minor modifications, to accommodate the mature student with work-related experience.  This program is further distinquished by its adult-centered approach to learning where high academic standards are maintained, while offering a personal academic plan of study for each student.

Prospective students must be currently employed in human services with at least one year of work experience in the field. Credits earned from previous academic studies, life-learning experiences, and professional experience will allow the student to apply for Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)* credit toward the undergraduate degree. Consequently, the BHS/FLEX Program serves as an accelerated bachelor’s degree program. Students who transfer more than 60 approved credit hours from another institution must meet the residency requirement of at least 30 credit hours, including 15 credits in human services major subjects.

The mission of the Lincoln University undergraduate Human Services Program is to prepare students for successful careers in the helping professions. They will utilize their interdisciplinary knowledge and training to work in varied areas, including community agencies, state government, private employment, and non-profit organizations. Students are also prepared to pursue graduate studies in related areas such as social work, public health and counseling.

View/download BHS/FLEX Prior Learning Assessment Manual


  1. Communicate effectively about content knowledge of human services through written, spoken and visual means
  2. Describe and critically analyze the historical development of human services
  3. Define and differentiate the diverse populations served by varied human service professionals
  4. Identify and distinguish related theoretical and research methodological constructs and their applications in the field of human services
  5. Identify, analyze and practice the values, ethics, skills, and characteristics associated with the effective human service professional
  6. Analyze and evaluate key components in specific human service agencies


Please see the University Catalog for more information and program requirements.