Minor in Youth and Police Studies

Explore the Relationship Between Law Enforcement and Adolescents

The Youth and Police Studies minor from UHCL begins with the premise that both youth culture and police culture exist in American society. By studying topics such as Developmental Theory/Teen Brain and Implicit Bias, and by participating in experiential learning with the Teen and Police Service Academy (TAPS), students learn to bridge the social distance between American youth and law enforcement.

Investigate Critical Themes in Law Enforcement

Your classes will explore topics including juvenile delinquency, policing and society, adolescent psychology and criminology. This is a fantastic course of study for people majoring in Sociology, Behavioral Sciences, Criminology and Public Service Leadership, as it can be applied to careers in social work, community organizing and law enforcement.
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Admission Requirements

So, have we convinced you that University of Houston-Clear Lake's College of Human Science and Humanities is the next step in your pursuit of academic success? Learn what it takes to be admitted to help you reach your educational goals.

Degree Requirements

This degree has a specific set of courses you’ll need to complete before you can graduate from University of Houston-Clear Lake. Learn more about the classes that will help you complete the requirements of this degree. 

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Cost Information

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Deadlines for Applying

  • Freshman Deadlines
  • Fall

    Priority - February 1
    Final - August 1
    Deadline Extension for Fall 2018 - August 13

  • Spring

    Priority - September 1
    Final - December 1

  • Summer

    Priority - February 1
    Final Summer I - June 10
    Final Summer II - July 15

  • Transfer Deadlines
  • Fall 2018
    Priority – August 13
    Final – August 27
  • Spring 2019
    Priority – January 14
    Final and Session Start – January 22
  • Summer 2019
    Priority Deadline (Summer I and II)– May 28
    Final (Summer I) – June 10
    Final (Summer II) – July 15
  • Fall 2019
    Priority - August 12
    Final and Session Start - August 26

Summer I and II Priority Application deadline for undergraduate transfer, former and non-degree seeking undergraduate/graduate students. Students who apply after this date must submit all required documentation with their paper application in the Office of Admissions and will be processed for late registration.
  • International Deadlines
  • Fall

    Priority – March 1
    Final  – June 1

  • Spring

    Priority – August 1
    Final – November 1

  • Summer

    Priority – February 1
    Final – April 20

Students interested in qualifying for scholarships &/or applying for visas outside the U.S. should apply and submit the application documents/test scores by the priority deadline

International freshmen applicants will not be accepted for Summer semester.


  University of Houston-Clear Lake

University of Houston-Clear Lake

2700 Bay Area Blvd
Houston, TX 77058
Phone: 281-283-7600

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Accreditations and Distinctions

The College of Human Sciences and Humanities holds a number of specialized accreditations, including accreditations and approval from the Commission of Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education; the Association for Behavioral Analysis International; the National Association of School Psychologists. The Council on Social Work Education has also accredited our bachelor’s degree in social work. Our Fitness and Human Performance curriculum has been recognized by the National Strength and Conditioning Association for preparing students to successfully enter into the career field. The Human Factors Certificate and Applied Cognitive Psychology Program are accredited by the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.

Minor in Youth and Police Studies Faculty

Kimberly Dodson
Kimberly Dodson

Kimberly Dodson

Associate Professor, Criminology Program Director,
Human Sciences and Humanities

Contact number: 281-283-3492
Email: dodsonk@uhcl.edu
Office: Bayou 2617.02

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Henda Hsu
Henda Hsu

Henda Hsu

Assistant Professor of Criminology,
Human Sciences and Humanities

Contact number: 281-283-3475
Email: hsuh@uhcl.edu
Office: Arbor Central 1307.10

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Everette Penn
Everette Penn

Everette B. Penn

Professor of Criminology,
Human Sciences and Humanities

Contact number: 281-283-3383
Email: PennEv@uhcl.edu
Office: Bayou 1508.21

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