Criminology Program

Program Overview/Mission

A degree in criminology at University of Houston-Clear Lake provides you with an understanding of crime: why it occurs, how it is measured, and how it might be controlled. Your coursework will include classes on the death penalty, juvenile delinquency, organized crime, criminal law, theories of personality, white-collar crime, and other topics related to criminal justice. The applied goal of the Criminology program is to help you develop the skills necessary to find successful careers within the criminal justice system or to advance your current career.


Program Degrees

Undergraduate Degree (Bachelor of Science)
When you major in criminology at UH-Clear Lake, you will complete 60 hours of undergraduate coursework with 15 hours in criminology overview courses. Courses are offered on the UHCL campus and University of Houston-Clear Lake Pearland Campus, with the option to take courses at both campuses within the same semester. Some courses are also available completely online. 

Graduate Degree (Master of Arts)
When you pursue a graduate degree in criminology, you have the flexibility to plan your course of study to fit your interests. You can choose one of four options: a Thesis Option (36 hours), a Project Option (36 hours), an Internship Option (36 hours), or a Coursework Option (39 hours). Within each option, you select courses to help you reach your goal.

Admission Requirements

Program 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

Faculty Bio

Hae Rim (Helen) Jin
Hae Rim (Helen) Jin

Hae Rim (Helen) Jin

Assistant Professor of Criminology,
Human Sciences and Humanities

Contact number: 281-283-3459
Email: jin@uhcl.edu
Office: Arbor Central 1307.19

Faculty Bio

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

Faculty Bio

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

Faculty Bio

Additional Information

For more information, contact:

Dr. Kimberly Dodson, Associate Professor of Criminology
Criminology Program Director
281-283-3492
dodsonk@uhcl.edu

or 

Human Sciences and Humanities
Academic Advising Office
hshadvising@uhcl.edu
281-283-3333

University of Houston-Clear Lake
2700 Bay Area Blvd
Houston, TX 77058-1098