Thesis: Outline for a Literature Review

My central question for my thesis still eludes me, but I have at least assembled an outline of the technical part of the literature review: An Introduction to the Domain Naming System Reference to initial RFCs Classic gTLDs 2003 Additional TLDs The new gTLD Process Price Differences Between new gTLDs and classic gTLDs Price Differences […]

Entering “Thesis Summer”

At this point in my graduate school career I should have narrowed down a thesis topic and be prepared to engage in a detailed literature review of that topic over the next several months. Unfortunately I have yet to isolate my thoughts that closely and feel like I am not ready to begin my literature review […]

MA Sociology Degree Plan

I have entered my full course plan into GITI through next spring, and as such I can now view what my final degree arrangement for sociology might look like. Each course represented in the chart is 3 credit hours, except the thesis which is 6 and the second tutorial which is currently entered as 2. […]

Out of Place in Sociology

As I prepare to close out another semester in two weeks I find myself considering my place in the academic structure, and eventually in the academic cannon. One thing I have become increasingly convinced of is that I do not belong in sociology, or at least not the version of sociology that is practiced at […]

Formulating a Thesis Topic

Last semester there was a faculty member who strongly suggested that I avoid using anything involving sadomasochism or fetishism as a thesis topic. As a result I began secondary topic searches on the topics of the digital divide and gaps in digital literacy. While the topic interested me some, it was not as interesting or […]

Assembling My Committee

Very soon it will be time for me to form my thesis committee. In some ways the process has already started by me selecting Vaughn as my thesis chair, faculty mentor and academic advisor. As I get closer to my final topic I must work to form my committee. I am having trouble deciding how […]

Marginal Difference

Over the past few days, since Tuesday evening, I have been reflecting on my selection of topics and trying to discover where my real interest in sociology (and related fields) exists. My interest is in marginalized identities and marginalized people. The experiences of the majority are well documented and majority decisions, majority culture rules the […]

Considering My Academic Work

Beginning with my entry into the Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies certificate program last year my research interests have been somewhat narrow, focusing on homosexuality and alternative sexualities. These are are areas that are very special to me, but yet an exclusive focus on these areas do not fully represent me as an academic. After […]

Great Academic Advice

I have been stressing myself over the lack of productive thought that I feel like I have generated for my directed readings in subcultural (punk) masculinities and as such contacted my project advisor to update her on my status and seek advice or insight into my situation. Her key response to me was “create questions”. […]