646 Good Persuasive Speech Topics

Below you will find some persuasive speech topic ideas for college students . Use this list as a last resort: you are much more likely to be successful when you choose a topic that genuinely interests you, rather than merely picking one from a list. Talking about something you know well also makes it easy. Keep your audience and time limits in mind, as well. Below you will find

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  1. General education classes
  2. United Nations
  3. Coke vs. Pepsi
  4. Eating fast-food
  5. Voting
  6. Why you should become an organ donor
  7. Blood donation
  8. Stem-cell research: pros and cons
  9. Educational costs
  10. Lowering the drinking age
  11. Immigration
  12. Do you believe medicinal marijuana should be legalized?
  13. Should it be legal to smoke in parks and other similar outdoor locations?
  14. Public displays of affection
  15. Prayer in schools
  16. Seat belt laws
  17. Boxers vs. briefs
  18. Mandatory retirement ages
  19. Social security
  20. Speed limits
  21. Bar closing hours
  22. Smoking
  23. Airport security / Airline Safety
  24. Open source code
  25. Ritalin
  26. Media bias
  27. Gun control
  28. Hunting
  29. Oil drilling in Alaska
  30. Alternative fuels
  31. Vegetarianism
  32. Wearing fur
  33. Animal testing
  34. Sports teams named after ethnic groups
  35. Paying college athletes: should they be paid for playing?
  36. Importance of volunteering
  37. Speaking English in America
  38. Taking care of your teeth
  39. Privacy rights
  40. Advertising
  41. Cosmetic surgery
  42. Wal-Mart
  43. Internet dating
  44. Having pets spayed/neutered
  45. Liberal arts majors
  46. Should uniforms be mandatory for students?
  47. Term limits
  48. Academic fraud / dishonesty
  49. Academic Freedom
  50. College class attendance-taking
  51. Nuclear arms / Nuclear power / Nuclear Deterrence / Nuclear Technology
  52. Microsoft
  53. Cost of prescription drugs
  54. Parental pressure on child actors and athletes
  55. Living wills
  56. Assisted suicide
  57. Public funding of sports stadiums
  58. Cell phones in public
  59. Do you think elementary and high school students should be allowed to use cell phones at school?
  60. Personal hygiene
  61. Factory farms
  62. Organic farming
  63. Zoning laws
  64. Over-development
  65. Over-population
  66. Toll roads
  67. State vehicle inspection
  68. Title IX in sports
  69. Landfills
  70. Frivolous lawsuits
  71. Animal trapping
  72. Mandatory sentencing
  73. Littering
  74. Crying babies in public
  75. School breakfast programs
  76. Internet gambling
  77. NAFTA
  78. Ford vs. Chevy
  79. SUV’s
  80. Affirmative Action
  81. TV ratings
  82. Corporate corruption
  83. Prison over-population
  84. Education in prisons
  85. Drinking more water
  86. E-mail SPAM
  87. Video games and children
  88. Revisionist history
  89. NC-17 movies
  90. The SAT’s
  91. Women’s rights
  92. Children divorcing their parents
  93. Adoption
  94. Reservation casinos
  95. Smog
  96. Minimum wage
  97. Labor unions
  98. The IRS
  99. Socialized medicine
  100. Community College vs. Four Year College
  101. Military spending
  102. Cloning
  103. The War in Iraq
  104. Recycling
  105. Drinking and driving
  106. Ebonics
  107. Food additives
  108. Presidential pardons
  109. Are UFO’s real?
  110. Are ghosts real?
  111. Hooters
  112. Polygamy
  113. Paparazzi
  114. Steroid use
  115. Homosexuals in the military
  116. Artificial insemination
  117. Eating veal (red meat, pork, etc.)
  118. Medicare reform
  119. Gay Marriage
  120. Evolution
  121. Pledge of Allegiance
  122. Government funding of Amtrak
  123. Why we should get proper sleep
  124. Tenure for professors
  125. National Endowment for the Arts
  126. Juveniles getting adult jail sentences
  127. The “insanity defense”
  128. Wearing bike helmets
  129. Influences of rock music on children
  130. Child abuse
  131. Abuse of the elderly
  132. Women Abuse
  133. Police corruption
  134. Donating money to charity
  135. Is NASCAR a sport?
  136. Deadbeat dads
  137. Stay at home moms
  138. Breast feeding
  139. Emminent domain
  140. Chewing tobacco
  141. Drug abuse
  142. Medicine Abuse
  143. Censorship on the radio
  144. Cryogenics
  145. The homeless
  146. Is Astrology real?
  147. Buying products that are made in the USA
  148. Tipping
  149. Cable TV monopolies
  150. Political correctness
  151. Street gangs
  152. Graffiti
  153. Inflation
  154. Private schools
  155. Media agenda-setting
  156. Curfews
  157. Becoming foster parents
  158. Brand name products vs. Generics
  159. Should pro athletes make less?
  160. NASA funding
  161. France boycott
  162. Fire safety
  163. Learn CPR
  164. Shop at small stores
  165. Darfur
  166. Cats vs. Dogs
  167. Family sizes
  168. Musical censorship
  169. Minority scholarships
  170. Textbook prices
  171. Women’s pay rates
  172. Eat more chocolate
  173. Drink more orange juice
  174. Watch the news / Don’t watch the news
  175. Drive slower
  176. Best movie ever
  177. Travel more
  178. Martin Luther King Day
  179. Are angels real?
  180. Read more
  181. Stomach stapling
  182. Radar detectors
  183. Fishing regulations
  184. Using public transportation
  185. Watching less TV
  186. Binge drinking
  187. Live life to it’s fullest
  188. Family values
  189. Military recruiting
  190. Children and violent toys
  191. Marriage ages / Age of consent
  192. Eliminate pennies
  193. No tight pants
  194. Men should wear pink
  195. Make TV more educational
  196. Meghan’s Law
  197. Medical research funding
  198. Downloading/copying copyrighted materials
  199. Ticketmaster
  200. Women should propose marriage
  201. Keep public bathrooms clean
  202. Public television/radio
  203. Buy security alarms
  204. Shock therapy
  205. Different political systems
  206. Illegal aliens
  207. Artificial hormones in food
  208. Global warming
  209. Don’t take education for granted
  210. Home schooling
  211. School choice
  212. Be true to yourself
  213. Save your money
  214. Cherish your friends
  215. Road rage
  216. Secondhand smoke
  217. Healthcare crisis
  218. Prison alternatives
  219. Child labor
  220. Religious cults
  221. Importance of sports
  222. Pitbulls
  223. Pesticides
  224. Reincarnation
  225. Columbus Day
  226. Greek system
  227. Video game addiction
  228. Ephedra
  229. School security
  230. Sharing the road with bikes
  231. Fixing potholes
  232. Watch out for animals when driving
  233. State lotteries
  234. Advertising standards
  235. Fireworks
  236. Bachelor/bachelorette parties
  237. Internet standards
  238. Listen to your parents
  239. Take a year off from school
  240. Why Disney should not be making Star Wars movies
  241. How does Puppy Mills affect us?
  242. Why you should / should not buy an iPhone
  243. Impact of oil spills in oceans
  244. Living off campus vs living on campus
  245. Do magazines marketed for teenagers send the wrong message?
  246. Improving time management
  247. Birth control pills
  248. Impact of social networks in our daily life
  249. Every American should learn to speak Spanish.
  250. Every American should learn to speak English.
  251. Country life is better than city life.
  252. Life is better now than it was 50 years ago.
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  254. Internet fraud
  255. Self esteem
  256. Homeless people in the USA
  257. Terrorism
  258. Diet pills are bad for your health
  259. Acid Rain
  260. Afghanistan
  261. Africa
  262. China will be the next superpower
  263. Homeopathic treatments: cure or hoax
  264. Safety and crime
  265. End of the world
  266. Fast food as a reason of obesity in the USA
  267. Mind games in modern advertising
  268. How bullying changes who you are
  269. Future of our world
  270. Future of social networks
  271. Future of Internet
  272. Animal captivity
  273. Electronics are making kids lazy
  274. Why it’s wrong for commercial and mass media to promote a specific beauty standard like one body shape, long hair, thin, tall, etc
  275. Prisoners should not allowed to vote
  276. Chemistry is not science
  277. Swimming is not purely a water sport
  278. Pigeons should be on the protected animals list
  279. Drunk-driving laws don’t seem to be working
  280. More people should car-pool or use public transportation
  281. Wearing seat belts ensures all passengers of a safer ride
  282. People are morally obligated to help the poor
  283. Fairy tales are good for young children
  284. Recycling is just a fad
  285. Texting while driving
  286. Teen Suicide
  287. How would you support English being the official language of the USA?
  288. Should the state execute dogs that have bitten someone?
  289. Why you should own a horse
  290. Music Censorship
  291. A particular cultural ingredient is of paramount importance in making people who they are
  292. How to laugh every day
  293. Why should alcohol be Illegal
  294. Why is the media to blame for eating disorders
  295. Are men better drivers than women?
  296. The state government should provide shelter for the homeless
  297. Why are zoos bad
  298. Media does not force us to worship false icons
  299. Printing photos instead of keeping them on a computer
  300. Benefits of having pets at home
  301. Drug advertisements should be prohibited
  302. What would be a good made-up holiday?
  303. Should we get the day off on our birthday?
  304. Teachers would have an extra day to plan their lesson
  305. Should we get longer holidays?
  306. Should children have homework?
  307. Why toddlers and tiaras should be banned
  308. Public display of affection
  309. Aging Population
  310. AIDS/HIV
  311. Air Pollution
  312. Alternative imprisonment
  313. Alternative Medicine
  314. Amnesty
  315. Anorexia
  316. Anti-Semitism
  317. Arab-Israeli Conflict
  318. Armed Conflicts
  319. Do you believe free condoms should be distributed for students, in schools?
  320. Creationism vs. Evolution
  321. Dating Campus Issues
  322. Depression
  323. Dieting
  324. Endangered Oceans
  325. Endangered Species
  326. Espionage and Intelligence Gathering
  327. Ethnic Violence
  328. Family Violence / Domestic Violence
  329. Fat Tax On Food
  330. Feminism
  331. Foreign Oil Dependence
  332. Foster Care
  333. Genetic Engineering
  334. Genetically Engineered Foods
  335. Genocide
  336. Global Resources
  337. Government Fraud and Waste
  338. Racial Profiling
  339. Rain Forests
  340. Religious Right
  341. Reproductive Technologies
  342. Russia
  343. School Violence
  344. Single Parent Families
  345. Social Welfare
  346. Space Exploration
  347. Stadium Taxes
  348. Teen Pregnancy
  349. Tobacco Industry
  350. Trade with China
  351. US Budget
  352. Urban Terrorism
  353. Vaccinations
  354. Violent Video Games
  355. Voluntary National Testing
  356. War Crimes
  357. War On Drugs
  358. Water Resources / Save water / Water conservation
  359. Weapons Disarmament
  360. Women in the Military
  361. Hate Crime
  362. Homeland Security
  363. Infectious Diseases
  364. Inner City Poverty
  365. Internet Chat rooms
  366. Impact of Internet on Society
  367. Islamic Fundamentalism
  368. Juvenile Crime
  369. Marriage and Divorce
  370. Media Violence
  371. Medical Ethics
  372. Missile Defense System
  373. Nonproliferation
  374. Organized Crime
  375. Pornography
  376. Poverty
  377. Importance of office parties
  378. Positives and negatives sides of social parties
  379. Prison regime
  380. Race Relations
  381. Working Women World Trade
  382. Accelerated learning
  383. Accidents
  384. Adult training
  385. Alcoholics Anonymous
  386. Alternative Education
  387. Athletics in schools
  388. Attitude
  389. Audience
  390. Automobiles
  391. Awards & recognition
  392. Bad Habits
  393. Basic Camping Skills
  394. Basic Survival Skills
  395. Beauty
  396. Blue collar vs. white collar status
  397. Board of directors
  398. Body clock
  399. Body language / gestures
  400. Books
  401. Braces
  402. Bulletin Board
  403. Capitalism
  404. Censorship
  405. Chairman
  406. Christmas
  407. Classroom training
  408. Club executive
  409. Coaching
  410. Computer literacy
  411. Cooking
  412. Crafts
  413. Creativity
  414. Credibility
  415. Crime & Law
  416. Daredevils
  417. Decisions and consequences
  418. Difficult people
  419. Discipline
  420. Discovering one’s self
  421. Diversity
  422. Dreams
  423. Dress for Success
  424. Dynamic members
  425. Effective communication
  426. Electronic communication
  427. Embarrassing moments
  428. Empathy
  429. Employment opportunities
  430. Empowerment
  431. Engagements
  432. Enthusiasm
  433. Entrepreneurship
  434. Pollution
  435. Exercise / Fitness
  436. Expectations
  437. Extracurricular activities
  438. Eye Contact
  439. Facilitating
  440. Family success
  441. Family tree
  442. Fashion
  443. Federal Government and education
  444. Financial Assistance for students
  445. Free Trade Agreement
  446. Friends (or enemies)
  447. Garage Sales
  448. Garbage
  449. Gardening
  450. Glasses & contact lenses
  451. Goals
  452. Grades and grading
  453. Hand writing
  454. History of a particular science
  455. Hockey
  456. Horse racing
  457. House cleaning
  458. How technology has changed / will change our lives
  459. Human Rights
  460. Humor
  461. Ideal society
  462. Illiteracy (Innumeracy)
  463. Job search
  464. Jury duty
  465. Kissing
  466. Leadership
  467. Life cycle
  468. Logic & emotions
  469. Management of change
  470. Managing stress / avoiding Burn Out
  471. Manners
  472. Massage
  473. Mistakes happen
  474. Motivation
  475. Mutual trust
  476. Negotiate
  477. Niche Marketing
  478. Nutrition
  479. Paperless society
  480. Parliamentary procedures
  481. Personal efficiency
  482. Personal growth
  483. Positive thinking
  484. Ordinary Postal Service vs Emailing
  485. Potential
  486. Presentation skills
  487. President
  488. Problem solving skills
  489. Procrastination / Productivity
  490. Propaganda abroad and at home
  491. Publicity
  492. Pure vs. Applied research
  493. Questions & Answers
  494. Quotes/ famous sayings
  495. Recent advances in sciences
  496. Red Cross
  497. Romance
  498. Running a business
  499. Safety at home and at school
  500. Secrets of power presentations
  501. Self confidence
  502. Self image
  503. Self talk
  504. Signs & symbols
  505. Spirituality versus Religion
  506. Spring fever
  507. Star Trek
  508. Stars
  509. Success
  510. Taxation
  511. Team building
  512. Teamwork
  513. The environment
  514. The press
  515. The role of religion
  516. Fait in Got
  517. The secret of happiness
  518. Turning weakness to strength
  519. Unemployment
  520. Vacation
  521. Violence on television
  522. Wealth
  523. Wild animals
  524. Yachts & boating
  525. Yoga
  526. Zodiac
  527. Zoology
  528. Euthanasia could decrease suicide rates.
  529. War can solve world hunger.
  530. The moon landing was a fraud. America just wanted to piss on the Soviets.
  531. High School football programs should receive a lower budget.
  532. Google and other search engines will be the death of libraries.
  533. Mars was the same as Earth in the past.
  534. Did the US army provide their soldiers with drugs during the Vietnam War?
  535. Everything happens for a reason.
  536. Why shouldn’t you work too hard when you’re diabetic?
  537. Should the state fund schools run by particular faiths?
  538. Are beauty contests harmful?
  539. Should doctors be allowed to prescribe contraception for girls under the age of 16?
  540. Should flag burning as a form of protest be prohibited?
  541. Should the state be fully privatized?
  542. Should ‘factory farming’ be banned?
  543. Should mothers stay at home to raise their children?
  544. Too much money is a bad thing.
  545. We shouldn’t have to pay for Internet access.
  546. The school year should be longer.
  547. Students should be allowed to pray in school.
  548. MP3 music should be free.
  549. We should all grow our own vegetables.
  550. Textbooks should be free.
  551. Celebrities should have more privacy rights.
  552. Boxing should have tighter rules.
  553. The importance of higher education.
  554. Do you believe that older people should receive bus rides free of charge?
  555. Should students attend state college without having to pay tuition fees?
  556. Do you believe illegal immigrants should be allowed to apply for a driver’s license?
  557. Should Spanish classes be mandatory for students?
  558. Should all citizens of the USA complete one year of community service?
  559. Do you believe it would be more suitable to raise the driving age to twenty-one?
  560. Would it be better if the voting age was lowered to thirteen?
  561. Should good students receive cash for their good grades?
  562. Should teenagers be allowed to purchase aggressive video games?
  563. Should notebook computers replace the traditional textbooks for students?
  564. Would it be better to introduce a set of skills tests for students, before they graduate high school?
  565. Do you believe that not wearing a seat-belt should be illegal?
  566. Should schools sell soft drinks and candies to students, in order to raise more money?
  567. Would it be appropriate if schools served fried potato products along with French fries at lunch?
  568. Should every day begin with a silent prayer at school?
  569. What if there were separate classrooms for boys and girls? Would that be more suitable?
  570. Birth control is a sensitive topic: should female students be allowed to get birth control without asking for their parents’ permission?
  571. Should female students be allowed to play on male students’ sports team?
  572. Do you think immigration laws need to be revised?
  573. Should the grades students get in gym have an impact on their grade point average?
  574. Do you believe federal governments should recognize civil unions?
  575. Do you think it would be better if USA had an universal health care system?
  576. Do you believe that cities should provide free wireless Internet?
  577. Should downloading music and movies be illegal, and those who do so should be punished?
  578. Should the US government add an extra tax for fatty snacks and junk food?
  579. Should schools allow uncensored songs at school dances?
  580. Do you think it would be better for students to be on the honor roll in order to play in games?
  581. Do you think students should be allowed to listen to their MP3 players during the study hall?
  582. Should drug tests be mandatory for school athletes?
  583. Should citizens be allowed to have assault weaponry, based on the 2nd amendment?
  584. Would it be better if schools started later in the morning?
  585. Should people who fail to recycle be obliged to pay $50?
  586. Do you think companies should be able to advertise in schools?
  587. Should stricter penalties be given to stars who break the law?
  588. Do you think schools should teach sexual education?
  589. Should the US government legalize prostitution?
  590. Should it be illegal for people to own pitbull dogs?
  591. Do you believe restaurants who sell modified chicken under the generic name of “Chicken” should not be allowed to do so?
  592. Should property owners be obliged to clean the snow from sidewalks on their property?
  593. Is it right for teachers and students to befriend on social networks such as Facebook?
  594. Do you believe larger passengers should be obliged to purchase two plane tickets, or two movie tickets?
  595. Do you think the United States government should spend more on space programs?
  596. Should abortions be considered illegal from now on?
  597. Do you believe that students who are responsible for cyber-bulling should be expelled from schools?
  598. Would it be alright for stem cell researchers to use cells from aborted babies in order to cure diseases?
  599. Do you believe Puerto Rico should become a state?
  600. Do you think it is time for the United Stated to suspend overseas military operations?
  601. Should students be permitted to consume food products during classes?
  602. Should young children use booster seats in vehicles?
  603. Should people who play music loudly be obliged to pay $50?
  604. Do you think abortions should be legal, in case of incest or rape?
  605. Should public schools teach world religions?
  606. Do you believe people should need a license in order to become parents?
  607. Do you think the city should come up with a bike sharing system?
  608. Are intensive security screenings essential for those who travel in airplanes?
  609. Do you think it should be illegal for people to curs on TV during daytime?
  610. Should it be legal for people to own exotic pets such as tigers or chimps?
  611. Should assisted suicide be legal for people who suffer from terminal illnesses?
  612. Do you think students should have open campus lunch breaks?
  613. Do you believe there should be stricter federal restrictions regarding content on Internet?
  614. Do you think that teachers should pass a test of basic skills every decade, in order to renew their certifications?
  615. Should there be stricter laws for protecting endangered species?
  616. Do you think that death penalty is the best punishment for dangerous criminals?
  617. Should it be legal for politicians to accept campaign contributions that come from various corporate lobbyists?
  618. Should the government declare gambling and sports betting illegal?
  619. Should it be legal for teachers to bring their cell phones to class?
  620. Do you believe fast food should come with a warning label?
  621. Should everyone age 17 or younger have a 9:00 PM curfew?
  622. Do you believe it is time for America to convert to the metric system?
  623. Would it be better if high school students completed community service hours in order to graduate?
  624. Do you think teenagers older than 13 should be allowed into R-rated movies?
  625. Should it be illegal to drive while talking to the cell phone without a handsfree device?
  626. Should children age 13 or younger me allowed to watch music videos or music channels like MTV?
  627. Do you believe ESL students should receive state tests in other languages?
  628. Should products manufactured outside the US come with an additional tax?
  629. Should drug tests be mandatory for professional athletes?
  630. Do you think female construction workers should have the same salary as male construction workers?
  631. Do you believe large corporations should hire a number of minorities that are proportionate to the population?
  632. Do you think 14-years old teenagers should be allowed to hold jobs?
  633. Do you believe students who fail their classes should repeat the grade?
  634. Should American families have no more than two children, in order to control population growth?
  635. Would it be better if schools with low scored on standardized tests were closed?
  636. Do you believe under-aged people should be allowed to consume alcohol at home, with their parents’ permission?
  637. Should product testing on animals or humans be allowed?
  638. Should teachers or students who have high scored on standardized tests receive money?
  639. Do you think it should be legal for students to drop out before they turn 18?
  640. Do you believe companies who manufacture alcohol should be allowed to advertise on TV?
  641. Should those who are caught driving after consuming alcohol lose their driver’s license for one year?
  642. Do you think free college tuition should be offered to children in temporary living situations, with a 3.0 GPA?
  643. Should minors who commit serious crimes be charged as adults?
  644. Do you think it would be fair for the government to detain suspected terrorists without proper trial?
  645. Do you believe Internet censorship is inappropriate?
  646. Should uniforms be mandatory for teachers?
  647. Should a dog that has bitten somebody be executed?