Anna M. Zajicek
Chair of Studies
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Sociology and Criminology Website

The Department of Sociology and Criminology offers a major leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminology. The program in criminology is comprehensive, adding the skills in research, theory and data analytics that prepare students beyond an understanding of criminal procedures or evidence. Drawing on a strong interdisciplinary base in the social sciences, the program provides education in the complexities of human behavior and problems of interpersonal relations in an increasingly urbanized America. The overall goal of the program is to enable men and women to contribute to the development and implementation of a fair and effective system of criminal justice.

The department also offers a major in sociology.

Requirements for the B.A. Degree with Major in Criminology: Students must complete 120 degree credit hours to include the minimum University Core requirements, the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences Graduation Requirements, and the following major course requirements. Bolded courses from the list below may be applied to portions of the University/state minimum core requirements.

Select one of the following:3-4
Mathematical Thought (Sp, Su, Fa)
Survey of Calculus (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2203)
Finite Mathematics
Mathematical Reasoning in a Quantitative World (Sp, Fa)
Calculus I (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2405)
ENGL 2003Advanced Composition (see course description for exemption requirements)3
Three hours of a world language at the 1013 Elementary II level or higher3
A minimum of 37 additional semester hours to include:37
Introduction to Criminal Justice (ACTS Equivalency = CRJU 1023)
General Sociology (ACTS Equivalency = SOCI 1013)
Criminal Law and Society
Criminology
Criminology
The Police and Society
Corrections
Corrections
Social Data and Analysis Laboratory
Social Data and Analysis
Social Research
12 hours of 3000- and 4000- level criminology or sociology courses not taken above
Total Hours46-47

For transfer students, a minimum of 18 hours of coursework in the major at the University of Arkansas is required.

Writing Requirement: To fulfill the Fulbright College writing requirement, each criminology major will submit, prior to graduation, a substantial research or analytical paper, with a grade of “A” or “B” from an upper-division criminology course (3000-, 4000-, or 5000-level) to their departmental adviser. Satisfactory completion of an honors project or a senior thesis may fulfill this requirement.

Criminology B.A.

Eight-Semester Degree Program

Students wishing to follow the eight-semester degree plan should see the Eight-Semester Degree Policy in the Academic Regulations chapter for university requirements of the program. Core requirement hours may vary by individual, based on placement and previous credit granted. Once all core requirements are met, students may substitute a three-hour (or more) general elective in place of a core area.

First YearUnits
FallSpring
ENGL 1013 Composition I (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1013)3  
Select one of the following:3-4  
MATH 1203 College Algebra (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 1103)
MATH 1313 Quantitative Reasoning (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 1113)
MATH 2033 Mathematical Thought (Sp, Su, Fa)1
MATH 2043 Survey of Calculus (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2203)1
MATH 2053 Finite Mathematics1
MATH 2183 Mathematical Reasoning in a Quantitative World (Sp, Fa)1
MATH 2554 Calculus I (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2405)1
Select one of the following:3  
SOCI 2013 General Sociology (ACTS Equivalency = SOCI 1013)
University/State Core Social Science requirement
1013 Elementary II World Language Course (or higher level, depending on placement)3  
University/State Core Fine Arts, Humanities or US History requirement 3  
ENGL 1023 Composition II (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1023)  3
Select one of the following MATH if needed, or General Elective otherwise:  3-4
MATH 2033 Mathematical Thought (Sp, Su, Fa)1
MATH 2043 Survey of Calculus (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2203)1
MATH 2053 Finite Mathematics1
MATH 2183 Mathematical Reasoning in a Quantitative World (Sp, Fa)1
MATH 2554 Calculus I (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2405)1
General Elective
Select one of the following:  3
SOCI 2013 General Sociology (ACTS Equivalency = SOCI 1013) (if still needed)
University/State Core Social Science requirement
University/State Core Science requirement with Corequisite Lab  4
General Elective  3
Year Total: 15 16
 
Second YearUnits
FallSpring
ENGL 2003 Advanced Composition (as needed)3  
University/State Core Social Science requirement3  
University/State Core Humanities, U.S. History, or Fine Arts requirement (as needed)3  
CRIM 2003 Introduction to Criminal Justice (ACTS Equivalency = CRJU 1023)3  
General Elective3  
SOCI 3313 Social Research1, 2  3
CRIM 2023 Introduction to Criminology (or General Elective)  3
CRIM 2043 Criminal Law and Society1  3
University/State Core U.S. History, Fine Arts, or Humanities requirement (as needed)  3
Science University/State Core Lecture with Corequisite Lab requirement  4
Year Total: 15 16
 
Third YearUnits
FallSpring
SOCI 3303 Social Data and Analysis
& SOCI 3301L Social Data and Analysis Laboratory2
4  
CRIM 3023 Criminology2
or SOCI 3023 Criminology
3  
CRIM 3203 Corrections2
or SOCI 3203 Corrections
3  
Advanced Level Elective13  
General Elective3  
CRIM 3043 The Police and Society1,2  3
CMJS 3000-4000 Elective1,2  3
Advanced Level Electives1  6
General Electives  3
Year Total: 16 15
 
Fourth YearUnits
FallSpring
CMJS/SOCI 3000-4000 elective1,23  
3000-plus Advanced Level Elective (as needed) or Advanced Level Elective13  
General Electives9  
CMJS/SOCI 3000-4000 Elective1,2  3
CMJS/SOCI 3000-4000 Elective1,2  3
General Electives  6
Year Total: 15 12
 
Total Units in Sequence:  120

Requirements for a Minor in Criminal Justice:  18 semester hours in criminal justice and sociology to include CRIM 2003, CRIM 3023, SOCI 3313, and at least nine hours of 3000-level classes or above (no more than 3 hours may be SOCI).  A student must notify the department of her or his intent to minor.

Requirements for Departmental Honors in Criminology: The Departmental Honors Program in Criminology is an upper-division course of study based on a topic in the area of criminology. To be eligible for criminology honors candidacy, students normally will have completed 28 semester hours and not more than 85 semester hours with a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.5. They must take 12 hours (which may include 6 hours of thesis) in Honors Studies. The honors project may be an intensive study of a topic in criminology or an empirical research investigation. The candidate is expected to pass an oral examination given by an Honors Council Committee. Projects of extraordinarily high quality may be designated High Honors by the Committee. Successful completion of the requirements will be recognized by the award of the distinction Criminology Scholar cum laude at graduation. Higher degree distinctions are recommended only in truly exceptional cases and are based upon the whole of the candidate’s program of honors studies.

Faculty

Adams, Douglas James, Ph.D., M.A. (University of Arizona), Associate Professor, 1995.
Barnum, Anthony Justin, Ph.D. (Howard University), M.A. (University of Arkansas), B.A. (Hendrix College), Visiting Assistant Professor, 2016.
Bustamante, Juan Jose, Ph.D. (Michigan State University), M.S., B.A. (University of Texas Pan American), Associate Professor, 2012.
Crawford, Brandon L., Ph.D., (University of Oklahoma), M.A. (University of Arkansas), B.A. (McMurry University), Research Assistant Professor, 2018.
Drawve, Grant R., Ph.D. (University of Arkansas at Little Rock), M.A., B.A. (Southern Illinois University), Assistant Professor, 2016.
Engen, Mindy Sue, Ph.D., M.A. (Pennsylvania State University), B.S. (Georgia State University), Professor, 2005.
Engen, Rodney L., Ph.D. (University of Washington), M.S., B.S. (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee), Associate Professor, 2009.
Fitzpatrick, Kevin M., Ph.D. (State University of New York at Albany), M.A. (University of South Carolina at Columbia), B.A. (Susquehanna University), University Professor, 2005.
Harris, Casey Taggart, Ph.D., M.A. (Pennsylvania State University), B.S. (Texas A&M University), Associate Professor, 2011.
Hearne, Brittany Nicole, Ph.D., M.A., (Vanderbilt University), B.S. (Texas A&M), Assistant Professor, 2018.
Holyfield, Lori C., Ph.D. (University of Georgia), M.A., B.S.E. (University of Arkansas), Professor, 1995.
Jackson, Brandon, Ph.D. (Florida State University), Assistant Professor, 2013.
Koski, Patricia, B.A., M.A., Ph.D. (Washington State University), Associate Professor, 1984.
Morimoto, Shauna, Ph.D., M.S. (University of Wisconsin-Madison), B.A. (University of Pittsburgh), Associate Professor, 2008.
Paez, Rocio Alejandra, Ph.D., M.A., B.A. (University of Arkansas at Little Rock), Visiting Assistant Professor, 2018.
Sabon, Lauren, Ph.D. (University of Tennessee-Knoxville), M.S/M.A. (Marshall University), B.S., B.A. (West Virginia University), Clinical Assistant Professor, 2014.
Schwab, Bill, Ph.D., M.A. (The Ohio State University), M.A. (University of Akron), B.A. (Miami University), University Professor, 1976.
Shields, Christopher A., Ph.D., J.D. (University of Arkansas), M.A., B.A. (Arkansas State University), Clinical Assistant Professor, 2003.
Smith, Brent Lamar, Ph.D., M.S. (Purdue University), B.A. (Ouachita Baptist University), Distinguished Professor, 2003.
Thomas, Shaun A., Ph.D., M.A. (Louisiana State University), B.A. (University of Akron), Associate Professor, 2015.
Worden, Steven K., Ph.D. (University of Texas at Austin), M.A., B.A. (Portland State University), Associate Professor, 1986.
Yang, Song, Ph.D., M.S. (University of Minnesota-Twin Cities), M.A. (Nankai University, China), B.A. (Branch College of Nankai, China), Professor, 2002.
Zajicek, Anna, Ph.D. (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University), M.S., B.S. (University of Silesia, Poland), Professor, 1994.

Courses

CRIM 2003. Introduction to Criminal Justice (ACTS Equivalency = CRJU 1023). 3 Hours.

An introduction to the history, development, and theoretical underpinnings of the criminal justice system, including aspects such as law enforcement, the courts, and corrections.

This course is equivalent to CMJS 2003.

CRIM 2003H. Honors Introduction to Criminal Justice. 3 Hours.

An introduction to the history, development, and theoretical underpinnings of the criminal justice system, including aspects such as law enforcement, the courts, and corrections. Prerequisite: Honors standing.

This course is equivalent to CMJS 2003.

CRIM 2023. Introduction to Criminology. 3 Hours.

Introduction to the field of criminology, including theories and patterns of criminal behavior, how criminal justice data are collected, social research methods, historical foundations of the field, and types of crimes and offenders. Provides a foundation for further criminological and theoretical studies.

CRIM 2043. Criminal Law and Society. 3 Hours.

Explores the history of criminal law in the United States, the construction of crime and punishment, and issues facing the contemporary legal system.

CRIM 2513. Criminal Investigation. 3 Hours.

Survey of the theories, concepts, and legal conditions concerning the techniques used in the location, preservation and presentation of evidence. Prerequisite: CRIM 2003.

CRIM 3023. Criminology. 3 Hours.

Advanced survey of theories of crime causation. Examines broad sociological paradigms, as well as both individual and aggregate-level explanations of crime causation. Applies criminological theories to contemporary issues associated with crime and criminal justice. Prerequisite: SOCI 2013 and junior standing.

This course is cross-listed with CMJS 3023, SOCI 3023.

CRIM 3023H. Honors Criminology. 3 Hours.

Advanced survey of theories of crime causation. Examines broad sociological paradigms, as well as both individual and aggregate-level explanations of crime causation. Applies criminological theories to contemporary issues associated with crime and criminal justice. Prerequisite: SOCI 2013 and junior standing.

This course is cross-listed with CMJS 3023, SOCI 3023.

CRIM 3043. The Police and Society. 3 Hours.

Overview of origins, theories, development, practice, and current issues in policing in contemporary society. Prerequisite: CRIM 2003.

CRIM 3053. Serial Crime. 3 Hours.

Historical development of criminal profiling in serial homicide, including sex crimes, stalking, and arson. Focuses on behavioral and criminological theory and a critical examination of different profiling methodologies. Prerequisite: SOCI 2013.

This course is cross-listed with SOCI 3053, CMJS 3053.

CRIM 3063. Victimology. 3 Hours.

Introduction to the scientific study of victimization. Examines conceptual boundaries of victimology research, covers theories, statistics and trends relevant to victimology, reviews the victim blaming and defending perspectives, explores practical applications of victimology, and the social, legal, and evaluates criminological issues that stem from concern over victims. Prerequisite: SOCI 2013.

This course is cross-listed with SOCI 3063, CMJS 3063.

CRIM 3203. Corrections. 3 Hours.

Overview of correctional systems and punishment. Focuses on theories of correctional philosophies, practices, and procedures, along with the historical development and modern practices of corrections, sentencing, facilities, and issues facing correctional populations. Examines principles and practices of treatment and rehabilitation. Prerequisite: CRIM 2003.

This course is cross-listed with CMJS 3203, SOCI 3203.

CRIM 3413. Special Topics. 3 Hours.

Designed to cover specialized topics not usually presented in regular courses. Prerequisite: SOCI 2013. May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit.

This course is equivalent to CMJS 3413.

CRIM 3413H. Honors Special Topics. 3 Hours.

Designed to cover specialized topics not usually presented in regular courses. Prerequisite: Honors standing and SOCI 2013. May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit.

This course is equivalent to CMJS 3413.

CRIM 3503. Criminal Procedures. 3 Hours.

Critical examination of how individual rights and police procedures are balanced with focus on arrests, use of force, identification, and search and seizure. Prerequisite: CRIM 2003.

CRIM 3513. Criminal Evidence. 3 Hours.

Examination of how evidence is collected, processed, and presented in court, with an emphasis on the competing interests of crime control and individual liberties. Prerequisite: CRIM 2003.

This course is cross-listed with SOCI 3513, CMJS 3513.

CRIM 3723. Deviant Behavior. 3 Hours.

Sociological overview of disconcerting conduct, its definition, theoretical understandings and research. Specific topics may include: interpersonal violence, self-destructive disorders, controversial lifestyles, substance abuse, as well as the relationship between inequality and disturbing acts. Prerequisite: SOCI 2013.

This course is cross-listed with SOCI 3723, CMJS 3723.

CRIM 399VH. Honors Course. 1-6 Hour.

Undergraduate honors thesis hours designed to engage in advanced undergraduate research under the direction of a faculty advisor. Prerequisite: Honors standing. May be repeated for up to 12 hours of degree credit.

CRIM 4003. Internship in Criminal Justice. 3 Hours.

Supervised experience in municipal, county or state criminal justice agency, or any other agency which is approved by instructor. Prerequisite: CRIM 2003. May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit.

CRIM 4013. Special Topics in Criminal Justice. 3 Hours.

Offerings vary; check for particular course topics offered. Designed to cover specialized topics in greater depth than regular survey courses provide. Prerequisite: Junior standing. May be repeated for up to 9 hours of degree credit.

This course is equivalent to CMJS 4013.

CRIM 4013H. Honors Special Topics in Criminal Justice. 3 Hours.

Offerings vary; check for particular course topics offered. Designed to cover specialized topics in greater depth than regular survey courses provide. Prerequisite: Junior and honors standing. May be repeated for up to 9 hours of degree credit.

This course is equivalent to CMJS 4013.

CRIM 403V. Individual Study in Criminal Justice. 1-3 Hour.

In-depth individual or group study with a faculty member on advanced sociological readings and/or to participate in supervised research as an experience-based course. Faculty permission required in advance of enrollment. Prerequisite: Instructor consent. May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit.

CRIM 4043. Juvenile Justice. 3 Hours.

Examination of juvenile justice system and juvenile crime, including historical development of the system and treatment of juvenile delinquents along with legal, correctional, and treatment processes and philosophies. Emphasis on current issues facing delinquents, the system, and delinquency prevention in addition to trends in juvenile crime. Prerequisite: CRIM 2003.

CRIM 4053. Homeland Security. 3 Hours.

An introduction to homeland security and the intelligence community, focusing on how counterterrorism data is collected and used, emerging threats, and balancing civil liberties with domestic intelligence gathering. Prerequisite: CRIM 2003.

CRIM 4113. Terrorism and Social Control. 3 Hours.

Examines the evolution of modern terrorism, efforts to counter its growth, temporal and spatial patterns of precursor conduct, and the investigation, indictment, prosecution, and punishment of terrorists in federal courts. Focuses primarily upon American terrorist groups (ideologies, motives, group characteristics, and tactics). Prerequisite: Junior standing.

This course is cross-listed with CMJS 4113, SOCI 4113.