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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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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University of Houston-Clear Lake

University of Houston-Clear Lake

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

About UHCL

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

Kimberly Dodson Faculty Bio

Henda Hsu
Henda Hsu

Henda Hsu

Associate Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice,
Human Sciences and Humanities

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

Henda Hsu 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

Everette B. Penn Faculty Bio