Department of Sociology and Criminology

message from the chair

Mission, Vision, Core Values Poster


Lori Holyfield Vice-Chair Undergraduate Program Director
Undergraduate Program Director
Casey Taggart Harris Director of Graduate Studies
Director of Graduate Studies
Mindy Sue Engen Director of Online Education
Director of Online Education


Christopher Shields Internship Coordinator
Internship Coordinator



Department of Sociology and Criminology received the 2021 Daniel E. Ferritor Award for Departmental Excellence in Teaching at the University of Arkansas.Department of Sociology and Criminology received the 2021 Daniel E. Ferritor Award for Departmental Excellence in Teaching at the University of Arkansas.

The award is named in honor of Daniel E. Ferritor who served as Chancellor of the University of Arkansas from 1986 to 1997 and as interim chancellor in 2015. He also founded the Teaching Academy in 1988. The annual award honors the academic unit that best exemplifies a sustained, department-wide commitment to teaching excellence for all students.





Dr. Adams was awarded Master Teaching Award by Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, University of Arkansas. 

The college honors up to three outstanding teachers annually, and selection is based on a letter of nomination, teaching evaluations and documentation about the nominee's teaching activities.



Dr. Fitzpatrick was awarded Master Researcher Award by Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, University of Arkansas.

Awardees are chosen based on a nomination letter, the nominee's research accomplishments documented in a one-page summary of his or her research outlining its importance, a list of 10 publications, supporting evidence of exceptional performance in research, his or her curriculum vitae and an evaluation by the departmental chairperson.

Old Main


The Indigenous history of the land the University of Arkansas campus sits on goes back to time immemorial, and across that expanse of time, many successive groups have lived here and created sacred legacies in this area. Fulbright College acknowledges Indigenous peoples were forced to leave their ancestral lands, including the Osage, Caddo and Quapaw Nations with ties to Northwest Arkansas. We further recognize that a portion of the Trail of Tears runs through our campus, and that the Cherokee, Choctaw, Muscogee (Creek), Chickasaw and Seminole Nations passed through what is now Arkansas during this forced removal. We acknowledge all Indigenous teachers, researchers and all other residents in our community and region today. We proudly offer Indigenous Studies in our college and seek continuity and connection to the past as we look to the future with increased collaboration with Indigenous governments and entities.

We say to the Citizens of Indigenous Nations: We see you and we thank you.

The J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences Mission  Link ->




Sociology Club

Join Sociology Club

Undergraduate and Graduate Students are more than welcome to join our new Sociology Club! If you are interested in our club please contact Sociology Club Faculty Advisors:

Dr. Paez
Dr. Allison

We are looking forward to meet you!



TRC Internship

Students across disciplines are encouraged to apply for an internship in Terrorism Research Center!

Internships are offered during the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. Students will complete 180 hours in the Terrorism Research Center (Old Main 101) over the course of the internship (12 hours per week during Fall/Spring, 18 hours per week in the summer) on a variety of projects. To learn more about course credit requirements and additional internships offered through the Department of Sociology and Criminology, visit the Department’s website.

More information about Terrorism Research Center can be found  in the link below:




student resources



  • Spring 2020 Newsletter
  • Departmental Strategic Plan
  • MA in Sociology Poster
  • Data Snapshot
    • Failed and Foiled Islamic Terrorist Plots Targeting Military Personnel in the United States Since 9/11 Link ->
  • Data Snapshot
    • Less than Half of Racially-Motivated Homicides Result in Official Hate Crime Charges Link->
  • Datasets Available to Sociology and Criminology Graduate Students and Faculty Link ->

  • The Bias Homicide Database (BHDB)

    • The Bias Homicide Database (BHDB) is an open-source, relational database housed in the Terrorism Research Center (TRC). BHDB data include information on incident, victim, and offender attributes of bias homicides in the United States from 1990 to 2019. Students in the TRC contribute to the Bias Homicide Database (BHDB), an open-source, relational database containing information on bias homicides from 1990 - 2019.   Link ->