Umberto Eco’s Four Rules for Choosing a Thesis Topic

  1. The topic should reflect your previous studies and experience. In other words, do something that you care about and that pertains to your political or cultural experience.
  2. The necessary sources should be materially accessible. Is there material that I can conveniently access in order to research my chosen topic.
  3. The necessary sources should be manageable. Do you have the time, ability and experience to understand the sources.
  4. You should have some experience with the methodological framework that you will use in the thesis.