Human Services Program

School of Adult & Continuing Education

The 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’s adult-centered approach maintains high academic standards while offering a personal academic plan-of-study for each student. The proven and tested undergraduate major in human services at Lincoln University 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.

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 90 approved credit hours from another institution must meet the residency requirement at a minimum of 30 credit hours, of which a minimum of 15 credits must be in the major of human services.

To meet graduation requirements, students will need to successfully satisfy coursework inclusive of core courses, major courses, and electives, as well as a writing proficiency requirement. Each student enrolled in the BHS/FLEX Program will receive individual academic advising upon acceptance and throughout enrollment in the program.

Program Detail

DELIVERY: Face-to-Face and Online

ACCELERATED or TRADITIONAL: Traditional         

SCHEDULE: Saturday and Weeknight Evening     

PROGRAM CREDITS: 120 – 124 Credits

ENROLLMENT CYCLES: Fall (August) and Spring (January)

Walkirya Peralta, Anticipated Class of 2020

The experience and education that I have acquired attending the SACE program at Lincoln University has been nothing short of amazing. Not only will I be graduating from a four-year program in two years with a BA in Human Services, I will also have a minor in Spanish. Although hard work and dedication is needed to be successful in this program, I also owe my success first and foremost to God, and then to the staff and faculty members of SACE. Their love and support kept me motivated and their tireless efforts to always help in times of need will always be greatly appreciated.

Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Human Services

Curriculum

PSY 101 General Psychology
SOC 101 Intro to Sociology
HUS 243 Introduction to Human Services 
HUS 245 Human Growth and Development
HUS 307 Methods I: Individual and Family
HUS 312 Statistics I
SOC 318 Sociological Theory 
HUS 319 Research Design and Analysis
HUS 441 Field Placement w/Lab

  • Select Two Additional Courses:
    • Psychology
    • Human Services

Human Services Requirement

  • Select One:
    • HUS 244 Social Policy
    • HUS 308 Methods II: Group and Community

Sociology Requirement

  • Select One:
    • ANT 201 General Anthropology
    • SOC 209 Institutional Racism

Health Requirement

  • Select One:
    • HSC 160 Personal and Community Health
    • PSY 321 Psychology of Addiction

Ethics Requirement

  • Select One:
    • PHL 111 Everyday Ethics
    • PHL 215 Ethics
    • PHL 216 Contemporary Moral Problems
    • Any Ethics Course with Departmental Approval

Please find attached a suggested program sequence.

Transfer Credits

Students may transfer 90+ approved credit hours from other accredited institutions with an earned grade of C or better. Students must meet Lincoln University’s residency requirement of at 30 credit hours, of which a minimum of 15 credits must be in the major of human services.

Students can meet the requirements of the Lincoln University core curriculum and the human services major by:

  • By taking and passing Lincoln university courses,
  • By passing College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests,
  • By preparing professional portfolios and presentations and/or examinations documenting prior learning using The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) standards, and
  • By transferring courses that are documented by official academic transcripts from regionally accredited academic institutions with a grade of C or better

Credits earned from previous academic studies, life-learning experiences, and professional experience will allow the student to apply for advanced standing toward the undergraduate degree. Consequently, the FLEX Program serves as an accelerated bachelor’s degree program. 

Students who join the program with an Associate’s Degree from an articulated institution will be exempt from the core courses, but must still meet the requirements for the major and for the overall 120 credit graduation requirements.

Students will meet the requirements of the Lincoln University core curriculum and the human services major by taking Lincoln University courses, passing College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, and preparing professional portfolios and presentations documenting prior learning using The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) standards.

Admission Requirements

  • Submit an online application.
  • Official High School Transcript or General Equivalency Diploma/GED: Submit only if you have no transferrable college credits or have less than 12 transferrable college credits. 
  • Transcripts: Submit official transcripts for all accredited institutions you have attended and/or from which you earned credit. 
  • Résumé: A current professional résumé is required.
  • Must be currently employed with at least one year of paid work experience in the human services field.

Candidates entering the BHS Program are required to take placement tests unless they:

  • Have an earned associate degree from a regionally accredited institution; or
  • Are transferring English 101 or English 99 with a grade of C or better from a regionally accredited institution

You are strongly encouraged to upload your supplemental documents to your student portal. You may also email documents to ucadmissions@lincoln.edu or mail to:

Lincoln University
School of Adult and Continuing Education
Attention: Office of Admissions
3020 Market Street, Fourth Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Tuition and Fees

Lincoln University’s tuition and fees are set annually by the university and remain affordable and competitive.

2020–2021 Academic Year

  • Pennsylvania Resident: $480 per credit hour
  • Out-of-State Resident: $743 per credit hour

Learn more about tuition and fees online.

Discover federal and state financial aid options that may be available online.

Career Opportunities

Some of the roles performed by Human Service workers are case manager to those who need support, broker to help people access community services, teacher of daily living skills, advocate for those who are unable to advocate for themselves, a mediator between clients and agencies, and caregiver to children, elders, and disabled adults.

Human services workers work in offices, hospitals, or rehab facilities under supervision. Others may spend considerable time in the field, visiting clients, doing training in sheltered workshops or day programs, or counseling in group homes.

Meet the Faculty

  • Szabi Ishtai-Zee, Ph.D. – Professor
  • Solomon Caudle, Ed.D. – Assistant Professor
  • Prof. Christine Adams
  • Dr. Madhusmita Bora
  • Prof. Louis Colbert
  • Prof. Graynle Edwards
  • Dr. Brian Greineder
  • Prof. Linda Ivey
  • Prof. Thelma Jacks
  • Prof. Nancy Jenkins-Ryons
  • Dr. Teresa Powell
  • Prof. De Jeonge Reese
  • Prof. Darlene Tart-Scott
  • Prof. Sharon Webster
  • Prof. Robert Woolbright
  • Prof. Patricia Wright