Message from the Chair
Welcome from Dr. Anna Zajicek 

The Department of Sociology and Criminology is a very dynamic, productive, friendly, and student success-oriented unit in Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences. Our popular and valuable majors, with over 400 undergraduate students, and over 100 double majors, prepare students for meaningful and rewarding careers. The department excels in teaching, and community outreach/engagement. Our students have access to three research centers where they can engage in research and/or gain valuable internship experiences. Please explore our departmental homepage, including the information about our student organizations and honors opportunities.


Affiliated Research Centers




Jill Neimier photo alumni
Jill Niemeier
 BA and MA in Sociology | 2018

She chose to pursue an MA in sociology at the University of Arkansas after obtaining her BA from the same program. Now, Jill decided to do a year of service as an AmeriCorps VISTA. She serves at the University of Arkansas in the Center for Community Engagement as the Outreach and Engagement Program Advisor. In addition to her  VISTA position, she is teaching an online general sociology course at the University of Arkansas.


Rocio A. Paez Visiting Assistant Professor
Rocio A. Paez 
Visiting Assistant Professor

Dr. Rocio Paez is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminology in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences. Her research and teaching interests include criminological theory, the intersection of race, immigration, and crime, and the role that networks and institutions play in neighborhood crime. In line with her research focus, her dissertation consisted of a macro-level analysis of the influence of military presence on crime rates in American communities. 


Mattie Harris photo student
Mattie Harris
Major: Criminal Justice, Sociology and Middle East Studies | Minor: Arabic | Anticipated graduation: Dec 2019

Harris said: ''I am majoring in Criminal Justice, Sociology, Middle East studies and minoring in Arabic. I have such a wide range of studies. I have always had a passion for the Middle East and public service. I was fortunate to find a degree plan that satisfied these passions, while graduating on time. I am looking forward to the endless possibilities that will arise out of my studies''.