597 Good Research Paper Topics

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Abortion

  1. What limits are responsible?
  2. What limits are realistic?
  3. How to protect abortion doctors, pregnant women, and the protection of abortion clinics vs. the right to protest
  4. Partial birth abortion
  5. Scientific evidence vs. definition of viability
  6. Stem cell research
  7. Unborn victims of violence

Affirmative Action

  1. Relative equality has been achieved vs. serious inequities continue
  2. Can racial balance in business, education, and the military be achieved without policies that promote Affirmative Action
  3. Reverse discrimination
  4. NOW, National Organization for Women

Education

  1. No government support vs. fairness to parents who pay twice for education
  2. Separation of church and state vs. religion’s contribution to the public good
  3. Placement by age vs. placement by academic ability
  4. Mainstreaming students with disabilities vs. special classrooms for their special needs
  5. Required standardized tests for advancement vs. course requirements only
  6. National standardized tests vs. local control of education
  7. Discrimination in education
  8. Multicultural/bilingual education vs. traditional basics
  9. Teacher competency tests vs. degree requirements only
  10. Teacher’s needs/demands vs. teaching as a service profession
  11. Policing schools
  12. School’s responsibility vs. parental responsibility for school violence
  13. Drug and alcohol abuse, pregnancy, suicide
  14. Zero tolerance toward violence vs. toughness with flexibility
  15. Permit corporal punishment
  16. Exams often do little more than measure a person’s ability to take exams. Should exams be outlawed in favor of another form of assessment?
  17. Should teens in the U.S. adopt the British custom of taking a “gap year” between high school and college?
  18. In some European schools, fewer than 10% of students get “As”. Is there grade inflation in the U.S.? Why so many “As” for Americans?
  19. Education and funding
  20. Grade inflation
  21. No Child Left Behind Act: Is it working?
  22. Home schooling
  23. Standardized tests

Internet

  1. Are children smarter (or more socialized) because of the Internet?
  2. Should the federal government be allowed to regulate information on the internet?
  3. How has the music industry been affected by the internet and digital downloading?
  4. How does a search engine work?

Health, pharmacy, medical treatments

  1. What are the effects of prolonged steroid use on the human body?
  2. What are the benefits and hazards of medical marijuana?
  3. How does tobacco use affect the human body?
  4. Do the benefits of vaccination outweigh the risks?
  5. What are some common sleep disorders and how are they treated?
  6. What are the risks of artificial tanning or prolonged exposure to the sun?
  7. Should thin people have to pay Medicare and other health costs for the health problems of obese people? Should obese people have higher premiums?
  8. Low carbohydrate vs. low fat diets
  9. Benefits of weight training vs. aerobics
  10. How much weekly exercise is needed to achieve lasting health benefits
  11. Health websites give too much information
  12. Psychological disorders, such as cutting and self-harm, eating disorders, Autism, Tourette Syndrome, ADHD, ADD, Asperger Syndrome
  13. Are we taking it too far by blaming fast food restaurants for obesity? When is it individual responsibility and when is it appropriate to place blame?
  14. Should companies allow employees to exercise on work time?
  15. Steroids, Antibiotics, Sprays; Are food manufacturers killing us?
  16. Alternative medicine
  17. Alzheimer’s disease
  18. Anorexia
  19. Causes of eating disorders, society’s portrayal of women
  20. Eating disorders statistics
  21. Down’s syndrome
  22. Autism
  23. Birth control
  24. Bulimia
  25. Depression
  26. Dietary supplements
  27. Dyslexia
  28. Exercise and fitness
  29. Fad diets
  30. Fast food
  31. Heart disease
  32. In vitro fertilization
  33. Obesity
  34. Attention deficit disorder
  35. Investigate the history and authenticity of ADHD and ADD.
  36. Organic foods
  37. Prescription drugs
  38. Smoking
  39. Vegetarianism
  40. Learning disabilities
  41. Schizophrenia
  42. Coma recovery: techniques, successes, new strategies.
  43. What are the primary types of cancer, and in what ways are they related?
  44. Investigate the success ratio of holistic and non-medical cancer treatments.
  45. Is Alzheimer’s inevitable? Examine theories regarding its prevention.
  46. What forms of physical degeneracy are seen as linked to aging?
  47. Investigate the connections between emotional stability and physical well-being, and provide evidence as to how the two may be related.
  48. Investigate differences in rates of injury recovery and overcoming illness based on cultural parameters.
  49. Examine the modern history of viral epidemics, researching what is known about the emergence of deadly viruses.
  50. Examine how congenital heart disease may be treated, and how it differs from other forms of heart disease.
  51. Is occasional depression a natural state to an extent, and is society too eager to treat this as a disorder?
  52. Investigate Sociopathy, determine biological and psychological roots, typical patterns, and potentials of treatment.
  53. How are compulsive behaviors determined as such? Explore examples of anal retention and expulsion, OCD, etc., as offering accepted criteria.
  54. Research and analyze the nature of codependency as both a normal state of relations and as an unhealthy extreme.
  55. Investigate the history and practice of electroshock, analyzing how and why this extreme treatment came to be widely used.
  56. Hoarding: symptoms and treatments, causes, types of hoarding
  57. Limits on extraordinary, costly treatments vs. doing everything possible
  58. Nutritional/alternative therapy vs. mainstream medical treatment insurance coverage for alternative treatment?
  59. Government grants for alternative treatment research?
  60. Health superiority of alternative treatments?
  61. Assisted suicide vs. preservation of life
  62. Governmental insurance requirements
  63. Should there be a national database to track controlled substances (i.e., OXYCODONE) or should it be a state issue?
  64. Should parents avoid vaccinating their children?

Interpersonal Communication

  1. Decline of communication due to technology
  2. Online social networks and their influence
  3. Impact of texting and cell phones
  4. How do men and women communicate differently using body language, and why does it matter (in dating, the workplace, and social circles)?

Marketing and Advertising

  1. Limitations of the media
  2. Marketing to children
  3. Sexual innuendos in marketing
  4. Global marketing trends
  5. Should certain kinds of ads be banned in the interest of health/morality/annoyance – alcohol, cigarettes, prescription meds, etc…?
  6. Children’s programming and advertising
  7. Most controversial political ads
  8. Media response and public outcry to political ads
  9. Campaign funds and their relation to political advertising

Barack Obama

  1. Domestic policy
  2. Separation of church and state
  3. Judge nominations and make up of supreme court
  4. Congressional opposition to presidential nominees/filibusters
  5. Affirmative action
  6. Erosion of civil liberties vs. protection against terrorism
  7. Patriot Act One and Two
  8. Most developed nations have universal health coverage. Why doesn’t the U.S., the wealthiest nation, have it?
  9. Tax cut as economic stimulation
  10. Needs of the states vs. needs of the individuals
  11. Budget deficits and deficit spending
  12. Rich vs. poor

Discrimination

  1. Protection of victims vs. freedom of speech/rights of the accused
  2. How to improve race relations
  3. Profiling
  4. Reverse discrimination
  5. Women still earn only 75 cents for every $1 a man earns. Explain why.
  6. Discrimination in education
  7. Discrimination in the workplace: analyzing issues for today’s corporations.
  8. Gender discrimination
  9. Interracial marriage

Schools

  1. Should government impose restrictions on what kinds of foods can be served in school cafeterias?
  2. Pros and cons of school uniforms.
  3. Do children learn better in boys-only and girls-only schools?
  4. Charter schools
  5. Prayer in schools

AIDS

  1. Rights of the individual vs. community safety (or campus safety)
  2. Funding for research
  3. U.S. obligation to third world countries
  4. Manufacturing of generic drugs vs. U.S. pharmaceutical companies
  5. How contagious diseases “jump” from animal hosts to human
  6. What treatments are available to people infected with HIV and are they effective?
  7. Right to privacy of a child with AIDS vs. safety of other children

Alcohol

  1. Limits for campus safety vs. personal freedom
  2. Implications on violence and crime
  3. Issues with binge drinking
  4. Should the U.S. lower the drinking age to 18?
  5. Leniency because of condition vs. community safety
  6. Revoking drivers license vs. being able to attend classes and work
  7. Age discrimination of violators

Animals

  1. Animal rights vs. medical research
  2. Should it be illegal to use animals for sports and entertainment?
  3. Humane treatment of animals vs. factory farms
  4. Animal welfare in slaughter houses
  5. Animal protection vs. business, employment interests

Athletes

  1. School prestige vs. academic standards
  2. Should shoe companies be able to give away free shoes and equipment to high school athletes?
  3. Should college athletes be paid?
  4. Doping in sports
  5. What are the effects on children whose parents push them in sports?
  6. Steroids: Should they be legalized?
  7. Title IX: Has it helped women’s sports? Has it harmed men’s sports?
  8. Social effects of team sports

Censorship

  1. Needed in public school library/curriculum?
  2. Needed in entertainment industry?
  3. Needed on the Internet?
  4. Should parents censor textbooks and other literature for children in schools?
  5. Parental filters on the Internet. Does censorship actually increase curiosity and use of pornography?
  6. How is internet censorship used in China and around the world?
  7. How has United States censorship changed over the decades?

Bill Clinton

  1. Democratic kingmaker, influence on political succession
  2. Impact of global initiative
  3. Influence on fundraising

Hilary Clinton

  1. Influence as Secretary of State
  2. Foreign policies
  3. Influence on women

College

  1. ACT or SAT score requirements
  2. Promotional techniques, such as 1st time scholarships
  3. 4 year vs. 2 year colleges
  4. College admission policies
  5. College tuition planning
  6. Distance education
  7. Diploma mills

Computer Crimes and Security

  1. Online porn vs. freedom of speech
  2. Stalking, invasion of privacy vs. reasonable access
  3. Hacking crimes–workable solutions?
  4. What are the latest ways to steal identity and money?
  5. From where does spam email come and can we stop it?
  6. How do computer viruses spread and in what ways do they affect computers?
  7. Cyber security
  8. Securing Internet commerce: is it possible in today’s arms’ race of hackers and evolving technology?

Copyright

  1. Is downloading of media (music, videos, software) infringing on the rights of media producers and causing economic hardships on media creators?
  2. Should media producers prosecute students and individuals that they suspect of downloading copyrighted materials?
  3. Programs such as SPOTIFY and PANDORA
  4. Copyright Law

Cosmetic Surgery

  1. Age limitations on surgery
  2. Addiction to surgery
  3. Demand for beauty by society
  4. The dangers of breast implants for teenagers
  5. The cost of cosmetic surgery
  6. Plastic surgery
  7. Weight loss surgery
  8. Body image
  9. Are surgeons “scissor happy,” and are surgeries widely unnecessarily

Bullying

  1. Negative texting, instant messaging, email
  2. Is cyber-bullying as bad as face-to-face?
  3. Kinds of punishment for cyber-bullying
  4. Media response
  5. Should the state or federal government put laws into place to prevent bullying?

Date Rape

  1. Mutual consent vs. exploitation
  2. Campuses with “no touch” policy
  3. Drugs associated to Date Rape
  4. Violence and Rape

Day Care

  1. Government support vs. parental financing
  2. Benefits vs. harmful effects
  3. Elder Care

Drugs

  1. Punishment vs. treatment
  2. Family reactions
  3. Social acceptance
  4. Community safety vs. legalization
  5. United States military involvement in Colombian drug trade?
  6. Drug legalization
  7. Abstinence Program: Do they work?
  8. Should the federal government legalize the use of marijuana?
  9. Cocaine
  10. Heroin
  11. Nicotine
  12. Doping in sports

Environment

  1. Pollution, air, and water
  2. Endangered species
  3. What are the risks of climate change and global warming?
  4. Rain forests
  5. Acid rain
  6. Alternative energy
  7. Alternative fuel/hybrid vehicles
  8. Conservation
  9. Deforestation
  10. Endangered species
  11. Greenhouse effect
  12. Landfills
  13. Marine pollution
  14. How have oil spills affected the planet and what steps are being taken to prevent them?
  15. Pesticides
  16. Sustainability of buildings
  17. Recycling programs
  18. Cost of “green” programs
  19. Wind turbines
  20. Landfill issues
  21. Renewable fuels
  22. Pollution
  23. Radioactive waste disposal
  24. Smog
  25. Soil pollution
  26. Wildlife conservation: what efforts are being taken to protect endangered wildlife?
  27. Excessive burden on industries?
  28. Drilling for oil in Alaska’s ANWR (Arctic National Wildlife Refuge)
  29. Gasoline consumption vs. SUV’s popularity
  30. Wildlife protection vs. rights of developers
  31. Clean air and water standards–weakened vs. strengthened
  32. What are the dangers of scuba diving and underwater exploration?
  33. Should the use of coal be subjected to stricter environmental regulations than other fuels?
  34. Is global warming a hoax? Is it being exaggerated?
  35. How much is too much noise? What, if anything, should we do to curb it?

Family Violence

  1. Protecting victims vs. rights of the accused
  2. Women who kill abusive husbands vs. punishment for murder
  3. Marital rape?
  4. How to protect children vs. respect for parental rights
  5. Children who kill abusive parents
  6. Child abuse–workable solutions?
  7. Child abuse
  8. Domestic abuse

Farming

  1. Organic farming vs. mainline use of chemical sprays
  2. How to best protect the environment; conservation
  3. Family vs. corporate farms
  4. Food production costs

Foreign Policy

  1. Interventionism?
  2. Third world debt and World Bank/International Monetary Fund
  3. Military support vs. economic development of third world countries
  4. Human rights violations
  5. European Union in competition with the U.S.
  6. Unilateralism
  7. Relevance of the United Nations
  8. Neocon role in foreign policy
  9. Christian right influence on foreign policy
  10. Pentagon vs. State Department
  11. Nation building as a policy
  12. Arms control
  13. Obama’s National Strategy for Counterterrorism
  14. Control of al Qaeda
  15. Drawdown of U.S. Armed Forces in the Middle East

Gambling and Lotteries

  1. Easy way to earn revenues vs. social damage
  2. Individual freedom vs. social damage
  3. Do lotteries actually benefit education or is it a scam?
  4. Can gamblers ever acquire a statistical advantage over the house in casino games?

Gays

  1. Should there be a constitutional amendment that allows gays and lesbians to legally marry?
  2. Adoption rights?
  3. Need special rights for protection?
  4. College campus response
  5. Gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender
  6. Gay parenting
  7. Gay pride

Generational Conflict

  1. Elderly to share in the tax burden vs. government support of elderly
  2. Future of social security
  3. Job discrimination
  4. Child rearing
  5. Employment issues
  6. Generational differences

Gun Control

  1. Community and police safety vs. unrestricted right to bear arms
  2. NRA (National Rifle Association)
  3. 2nd Amendment
  4. Do states that allow citizens to carry guns have higher or lower crime rates?

Hate Crimes

  1. Community safety vs. freedom of Speech
  2. Punishment inequities
  3. Bullying
  4. Persecution of alternative lifestyles
  5. Church Arson: Hate crime?

Hazing

  1. Prevention of hazing
  2. Greek organizations and rituals of hazing
  3. Statistics of death or injury due to Hazing
  4. High Schools and Hazing

History

  1. What happened during the Salem witch trials?
  2. How did trains and railroads change life in America?
  3. What may have occurred during the Roswell UFO incident of 1947?
  4. What Olympic events were practiced in ancient Greece?
  5. How did Cleopatra come to power in Egypt? What did she accomplish during her reign?
  6. What are the origins of the conflict in Darfur?
  7. What was the women’s suffrage movement and how did it change America?
  8. How was the assassination of Abraham Lincoln plotted and executed?
  9. How did Cold War tension affect the US and the world?
  10. What happened to the lost settlers at Roanoke?
  11. How did Julius Caesar affect Rome?
  12. How did the Freedom Riders change society?
  13. What was the code of the Bushido and how did it affect samurai warriors?
  14. How did Joan of Arc change history?
  15. What dangers and hardships did Lewis and Clark face when exploring the Midwest?
  16. How are the Great Depression and the Great Recession similar and different?
  17. What was the Manhattan Project and what impact did it have on the world?
  18. Why did Marin Luther protest against the Catholic Church?
  19. How did the Roman Empire fall?
  20. How did the black plague affect Europe?
  21. How did Genghis Khan conquer Persia?
  22. How did journalists influence US war efforts in Vietnam?
  23. Who is Vlad the Impaler and what is his connection to Count Dracula?
  24. Who was a greater inventor, Leonardo di Vinci or Thomas Edison?
  25. What was the role of African Americans during the Revolutionary War?
  26. What was Britain’s view of India during British rule?
  27. What were the factors in the China-Tibet conflict?
  28. Research and analyze the emergence of the Catholic Church as a political force following the collapse of the Roman Empire.
  29. Investigate Dr. Eileen Powers’ claim that the Roman Empire was lost primarily due to an inability to perceive itself as subject to the change inevitable to all governments, or her “force of nature” theory.
  30. Explore and discuss the actual cooperation occurring through the centuries of Barbarian conquest of Rome.
  31. Examine the differences and similarities between Western and Eastern concepts and practices of kingship.
  32. Investigate and explain the trajectory of ALEXANDER THE GREAT’s empire, with minimal emphasis on personal leadership.
  33. To what extent did commerce first link Eastern and Western cultures, and how did this influence early international relations?
  34. Research and analyze how Japan moved from a feudalistic to a modern state, and how geographic isolation played a role in the process.
  35. Analyze the process and effects of Romanization on the Celtic people of ancient England: benefits, conflicts, influences.
  36. Overview of British dominance of Ireland, Wales, and Scotland! How was this justified in each case, and what motivated the attempts over centuries of rebellion and failure?
  37. Investigate the known consequences of Guttenberg’s printing press within the first 30 years of its invention, and only in regard to the interaction between European nations.
  38. Identify and analyze the point at which the Reformation became fused with European politics and nationalist agendas.
  39. To what extent did Henry VIII promote the Reformation, despite his vigorous persecution of heretics in England?
  40. Trace and discuss the uses of papal power as a military and political device in the 14th and 15th centuries.
  41. Research the city/state of Florence from the 13th to the 16th centuries, discussing how and why it evolved as so fiercely republican.
  42. Compare and contrast the Russian Czarism of Peter, Elizabeth, and Catherine with the monarchies of England and France in the 18th and 19th centuries.
  43. Investigate the enormous significance of Catholic Orthodoxy as the dominant faith in Russia, and its meaning and influence in an empire populated by a minimal aristocracy and predominant serfdom.
  44. To what extent did Philip II’s religious convictions shape European policy and conflict in the 16th century?
  45. Trace the path leading to the convocation of the Estates in France in the late 18th century, leading to the Revolution. Assess political and social errors responsible.
  46. What eventually ended serfdom in Russia, and why were numerous attempts to end it by the Czars in power consistently unsuccessful?
  47. Research and report on how England was transformed in the 19th century by the industrial revolution and the advent of the railroad.
  48. Compare and contrast the consequences of the industrial revolutions in England and America in terms of urbanization.
  49. What were the circumstances leading to World War I, and how might the war have been averted?
  50. Assess the Cold War of the 20th century in an historical context: can any parallels be made between this conflict and other ongoing tensions between major powers in earlier centuries?
  51. Analyze Roosevelt’s decisions in implementing the New Deal, beginning with the closing of the banks. Suggest alternative strategies, or reinforce the rationale of the actions.
  52. What architectural marvels were found in Tenochtitlan, capital of the Aztec Empire?
  53. What was the cultural significance of the first moon landing?

Poverty

  1. Food programs
  2. Welfare reform
  3. Governmental supplementation
  4. Homeless: urban restrictions vs. needs of the destitute
  5. Workable solutions?

Immigration

  1. Realistic limits vs. openness toward people in need
  2. English as official language vs. respect for diversity
  3. Should illegal immigrants be made legal citizens?
  4. Access to public school and public programs for Illegal Aliens
  5. Policing borders–workable solutions?
  6. Employment and/or taxation for Illegal Aliens

Middle East

  1. International trade
  2. Arms control
  3. Democratization
  4. “Shock and awe”
  5. U.S. occupation vs. liberation
  6. Iraqi run vs. U.S. puppet state
  7. Oil and Gas prices-Control of resources
  8. Effective self-government
  9. War on Terrorism
  10. Is America winning or losing the War? What is the measurement of success? Have the benefits outweighed the costs?

Maternity/Paternity Leave

  1. Parental leave for both parents
  2. FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act)
  3. Bonding time

Military

  1. Preemptive strike policy
  2. Precision weapons
  3. Intelligence reliability
  4. Afghanistan – a success or stalemate
  5. Should the U.S. have mandatory military conscriptions? For whom?

Natural Disasters

  1. Governmental support
  2. Preparedness
  3. School emergency plans
  4. Community warning systems
  5. Damage costs

Police Work

  1. Police brutality vs. dangers that police face
  2. Racially motivated brutality?
  3. Profiling

Politics

  1. Politician’s right to privacy vs. the public’s right to know
  2. Amount of money going into presidential campaigns
  3. Views on abortion, gay marriage, and other controversial topics
  4. Political debates throughout history
  5. Third-party candidates at presidential debates
  6. Rights of religious citizens vs. freedom from imposition (e.g. prayer in schools)
  7. Religious motivation for political involvement vs. cultural pluralism
  8. Christian Right’s influence on foreign policy

Population Explosion

  1. How serious? Causes? Workable solutions?
  2. Funding abortion as a form of birth control in third world countries?
  3. What would happen globally if the demand for natural resources is greater than the supply?

Pornography

  1. Limitation of social deterioration vs. freedom of speech
  2. Definition of Pornography
  3. Child Pornography

Prisons and prisoners

  1. Building prisons vs. alternative sentencing
  2. Adjusted sentencing for lesser crimes
  3. Community service
  4. Diversion Programs for inmates
  5. How does the prison population in America compare to other nations?

Prostitution

  1. Prostitution laws in the US and abroad
  2. Benefits and drawbacks to legalizing prostitution
  3. Psychological effect on prostitutes and former prostitutes
  4. Sex slavery, buying and selling

Privacy

  1. Should the government be allowed to wire tap without permission?
  2. What limitations, if any, should be applied to the paparazzi?
  3. What medical information should be confidential? Who, if anybody, should have access to medical records?
  4. Does the public have a right to know about a public figure’s private life?
  5. Privacy rights

Rape

  1. Do harsher punishments mean fewer convictions?
  2. Date rape: consent vs. exploitation
  3. Drugs-Rohypnol, GHB, KETAMINE
  4. Legalization of Date Rape Drugs
  5. Recently, a 17-year-old boy was sentenced to 10 years in prison for having consensual oral sex with a 15-year-old girl. Are statutory rape laws patronizing to girls and discriminatory to boys?
  6. Acquaintance rape

Religion

  1. Is there one true religion?
  2. Freedom of religion
  3. Offer distinct reasons why the Bible should be studied as literature, removed from religious significance.

Security

  1. How has airport security intensified since September 11th, 2001?
  2. Identity theft
  3. Homeland Security: Are we safer since the creation of this department?
  4. Should the government use invasive pat-downs and body scans to ensure passenger safety or are there better methods?
  5. Is arming Pilots a good idea?
  6. What responsibilities do secret service agents have?

Student Loan Debt

  1. Student loan scams
  2. How to avoid student loan debt
  3. Managing student loan debt

Taxation

  1. Progressive vs. flat tax
  2. Excessive taxes vs. worthwhile programs

Terrorism

  1. Osama Bin Laden
  2. World Trade Center and Pentagon bombings
  3. September 11, 2001
  4. Al-Qaeda
  5. War on terrorism
  6. Afghanistan
  7. Taliban
  8. Bioterrorism
  9. Al Qaida: Has U.S. policy actually spread terrorism rather than contained it? Will it get better or worse? Why and how?
  10. Can terrorism ever be justified?
  11. What kind of person becomes a suicide bomber?
  12. What were the circumstances surrounding the death of Osama Bin Laden?
  13. Has the Patriot Act prevented or stopped terrorist acts in America?

Technology

  1. How is text messaging affecting teen literacy?
  2. Cell Phones: How have they changed us socially?
  3. Does the Information Age mean we are losing important historical information?

Veterans

  1. Public attitudes toward veterans
  2. Health issues caused by service time
  3. Organizations for veterans
  4. Governmental support for veterans
  5. What programs are available to help war veterans get back into society?
  6. Iraq War Vets: Are they being cheated on medical benefits?

Women, mothers

  1. Is there a glass ceiling?
  2. Obstacles to women running for political office?
  3. Should women be priests, pastors, ministers, and rabbis?
  4. What differences, if any, are there in children who are raised by stay-at-home moms and working moms? Does society today still discriminate against working mothers who wish to have flexible work schedules?
  5. Should stay-at-home moms get a salary from the government?

What, why, and how

  1. Why do we sleep?
  2. How do GPS systems work?
  3. Who was the first person to reach the North Pole?
  4. Did anybody ever escape Alcatraz?
  5. What was life like for a gladiator?
  6. Are there any effective means of repelling insects?
  7. How is bulletproof clothing made?
  8. How was the skateboard invented and how has it changed over the years?
  9. What is life like inside of a beehive?
  10. Where did hip hop originate and who were its founders?
  11. What makes the platypus a unique and interesting mammal?
  12. What is daily life like for a Buddhist monk?
  13. How did gunpowder change warfare?
  14. How were cats and dogs domesticated and for what purposes?
  15. What do historians know about ninjas?
  16. Are humans still evolving?
  17. What is the curse of the pharaohs?
  18. Why was Socrates executed?
  19. How did ancient sailors navigate the globe?
  20. How are black holes formed?
  21. How do submarines work?
  22. Do lie detector tests accurately determine truthful statements?
  23. How does a hybrid car save energy?
  24. What ingredients can be found in a hotdog?
  25. How does a shark hunt?
  26. How does the human brain store and retrieve memories?
  27. How does stealth technology shield aircraft from radar?
  28. What causes tornados?
  29. How does night vision work?
  30. What causes desert mirages, and how do they affect wanderers?
  31. What are sinkholes, and how are they formed?
  32. What are the major theories explaining the disappearance of the dinosaurs?

Relationships

  1. Should we reform laws to make it harder to get a divorce?
  2. Divorce rates
  3. Family relationships
  4. Family values
  5. Race relations
  6. Marriage and Divorce
  7. A view of home life and its effect on child development

Business

  1. How 4 generations in the workplace can work together.
  2. Building positive employee relationships
  3. Modern work environments
  4. Business leadership
  5. Workforce regulations
  6. Small business and taxation
  7. Corporate law
  8. Issues in modern Human Resources: Are today’s corporations patronizing employees or being more responsible for them?
  9. Cultural conflict in globalization: Strategies for successfully establishing a presence in a foreign culture
  10. Corporate abuse: How can executives so successfully manipulate corporations criminally?
  11. Identifying stakeholders in non-public companies: is the corporate responsibility the same as for public offerings?
  12. Discrimination in the workplace: analyzing issues for today’s corporations.
  13. Devise a new model of leadership for business today, incorporating elements of existing leadership models and theories.
  14. Examine the actual impact of social media as a business promotion instrument.
  15. Devise a scenario in which traditionally unethical business practices may be justified.

Media

  1. Should newspaper reporters be required to reveal their sources?
  2. Do the media (both print and broadcast) report fairly? Do they ever cross the line between reporting the news and creating the news?
  3. Does news coverage favor whites?
  4. What steps are involved in creating a movie or television show?
  5. How have the film and music industries dealt with piracy?
  6. Media bias
  7. Media conglomerates/ownership
  8. Minorities in mass media
  9. Portrayal of women
  10. Reality television
  11. Talk radio
  12. Television violence
  13. Media portrayals
  14. Sensationalized media
  15. Examine the issues of responsibility in pharmaceutical companies’ promotion of drugs in the media.

Science

  1. Forensic science technology
  2. What are the current capabilities and future goals of genetic engineers?
  3. What obstacles faced scientists in breaking the sound barrier?
  4. What is alchemy and how has it been attempted?
  5. Stem cell research

Energy

  1. What technologies are available to home owners to help them conserve energy?
  2. Nuclear energy
  3. Clean energy resources
  4. Wind energy: Is wind energy really that inexpensive? Is it effective? Is it practical?
  5. What are the dangers and hazards of using nuclear power?

Psychology

  1. Investigate Freud’s contributions to psychology as they exist today: what value remains?
  2. Are there gender foundations to psychology and behavior that are removed from cultural considerations? To what extent does gender actually dictate thought process?
  3. To what extent is sexual orientation dictated by culture, and is there an orientation not subject to social and cultural influences?
  4. Investigate the psychological process in group dynamics with regard to the emergence of leaders and the compliance of others.
  5. Compare and contrast Jung, Freud, and Adler: explore distinctions and commonalities.
  6. What is “normal,” and to what extent is psychology reliant on culture to define this?
  7. Research and assess the effectiveness of radical psychotherapies and unconventional treatments.
  8. Research the concept of human will as both a component of individual psychology and a process or element removed from it.
  9. To what extent is self-image influenced by culture in regard to eating disorders? Are external factors entirely to blame?
  10. How do centuries-old beliefs of madness and dementia relate to modern conceptions of mental illness?
  11. Is psychology itself inevitably a non-science in that virtually any theory may be substantiated, or is there a foundation of science to the subject to which all theorists must conform?
  12. Examine Euripides and gender psychology: what do the Trojan Women and Medea reveal?
  13. Using three characters, explore Chaucer’s insight into human behavior in The Canterbury Tales.

Literature

  1. Identify the true relationship between Dante and Virgil in The Divine Comedy, emphasizing Dante’s reliance on the poet.
  2. Research and discuss the English fascination for euphemism and ornate narratives in the 16th century, beginning with John Lyly.
  3. Examine any existing controversies regarding Shakespearean authorship, citing arguments on both sides.
  4. Analyze similarities and differences between Marlowe and Shakespeare in regard to Tamburlaine and Titus Andronicus.
  5. Defend or support Bloom’s assertion of Shakespeare as the “inventor of the human being.”
  6. To what degree are Shakespeare’s plays influenced by, or reflective, of the Elizabethan era? Identify specific cultural and national events linked to at least 3 plays.
  7. Analyze the unusual construction of A Winter’s Tale in regard to transition from comedy to drama. Is this valid? Does the transition benefit or harm the play?
  8. Support the belief that Shakespeare is representing himself as Prospero through evidence, or similarly refute the belief.
  9. Why was extreme violence so popular in English Reformation drama? Cite Marlowe, Kyd, Webster, and Shakespeare.
  10. Analyze the metaphysical in Donne’s poetry: is it spiritual, existential, or both?
  11. What is Shelley seeking to say in Frankenstein? Support your answer with passages from the novel.
  12. Compare and contrast Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina with Flaubert’s Madame Bovary, noting the characters of the heroines.
  13. It is argued that Dickens failed when he turned to serious, romantic narrative in his novels. Using Copperfield, Great Expectations, and Dombey and Son, defend or refute this claim.
  14. Assess Dickens’ stance as a moralist in Bleak House and Hard Times: to what extent does he seek reform, and to what does he comment on the human condition?
  15. Was the Harry Potter phenomenon warranted by quality of storytelling or more a matter of public receptivity at the time combined with media exposure?