554 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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    1. Internet fraud
    2. Self esteem
    3. Homeless people in the USA
    4. Terrorism
    5. Diet pills are bad for your health
    6. Acid Rain
    7. Afghanistan
    8. Africa
    9. China will be the next superpower
    10. Homeopathic treatments: cure or hoax
    11. Safety and crime
    12. End of the world
    13. Fast food as a reason of obesity in the USA
    14. Mind games in modern advertising
    15. How bullying changes who you are
    16. Future of our world
    17. Future of social networks
    18. Future of Internet
    19. Abortion
    20. Animal captivity
    21. Electronics are making kids lazy
    22. Why it’s wrong for commercial and mass media to promote a specific beauty standard like one body shape, long hair, thin, tall, etc
    23. Prisoners should not allowed to vote
    24. Chemistry is not science
    25. Swimming is not purely a water sport
    26. Pigeons should be on the protected animals list
    27. Drunk-driving laws don’t seem to be working
    28. More people should car-pool or use public transportation
    29. Wearing seat belts ensures all passengers of a safer ride
    30. People are morally obligated to help the poor
    31. Fairy tales are good for young children
    32. Recycling is just a fad
    33. Texting while driving
    34. Teen Suicide
    35. How would you support English being the official language of the USA?
    36. Should the state execute dogs that have bitten someone?
    37. Why you should own a horse
    38. Music Censorship
    39. A particular cultural ingredient is of paramount importance in making people who they are
    40. How to laugh every day
    41. Why should alcohol be Illegal
    42. Why is the media to blame for eating disorders
    43. Are men better drivers than women?
    44. The state government should provide shelter for the homeless
    45. Why are zoos bad
    46. Media does not force us to worship false icons
    47. Printing photos instead of keeping them on a computer
    48. Benefits of having pets at home
    49. Drug advertisements should be prohibited
    50. What would be a good made-up holiday?
    51. Should we get the day off on our birthday?
    52. Teachers would have an extra day to plan their lesson
    53. Should we get longer holidays?
    54. Should children have homework?
    55. Why toddlers and tiaras should be banned
    56. Public display of affection
    57. Aging Population
    58. AIDS/HIV
    59. Air Pollution
    60. Alternative imprisonment
    61. Alternative Medicine
    62. Amnesty
    63. Anorexia
    64. Anti-Semitism
    65. Arab-Israeli Conflict
    66. Armed Conflicts
    67. Do you believe free condoms should be distributed for students, in schools?
    68. Creationism vs. Evolution
    69. Dating Campus Issues
    70. Depression
    71. Dieting
    72. Endangered Oceans
    73. Endangered Species
    74. Espionage and Intelligence Gathering
    75. Ethnic Violence
    76. Family Violence / Domestic Violence
    77. Fat Tax On Food
    78. Feminism
    79. Foreign Oil Dependence
    80. Foster Care
    81. Genetic Engineering
    82. Genetically Engineered Foods
    83. Genocide
    84. Global Resources
    85. Government Fraud and Waste
    86. Racial Profiling
    87. Rain Forests
    88. Religious Right
    89. Reproductive Technologies
    90. Russia
    91. School Violence
    92. Single Parent Families
    93. Social Welfare
    94. Space Exploration
    95. Stadium Taxes
    96. Teen Pregnancy
    97. Tobacco Industry
    98. Trade with China
    99. US Budget
    100. Urban Terrorism
    101. Vaccinations
    102. Violent Video Games
    103. Voluntary National Testing
    104. War Crimes
    105. War On Drugs
    106. Water Resources / Save water / Water conservation
    107. Weapons Disarmament
    108. Women in the Military
    109. Hate Crime
    110. Homeland Security
    111. Infectious Diseases
    112. Inner City Poverty
    113. Internet Chat rooms
    114. Impact of Internet on Society
    115. Islamic Fundamentalism
    116. Juvenile Crime
    117. Marriage and Divorce
    118. Media Violence
    119. Medical Ethics
    120. Missile Defence System
    121. Nonproliferation
    122. Organized Crime
    123. Pornography
    124. Poverty
    125. Importance of office parties
    126. Positives and negatives sides of social parties
    127. Prison regime
    128. Race Relations
    129. Working Women World Trade
    130. Accelerated learning
    131. Accidents
    132. Adult training
    133. Alcoholics Anonymous
    134. Alternative Education
    135. Athletics in schools
    136. Attitude
    137. Audience
    138. Automobiles
    139. Awards & recognition
    140. Bad Habits
    141. Basic Camping Skills
    142. Basic Survival Skills
    143. Beauty
    144. Blue collar vs. white collar status
    145. Board of directors
    146. Body clock
    147. Body language / gestures
    148. Books
    149. Braces
    150. Bulletin Board
    151. Capitalism
    152. Censorship
    153. Chairman
    154. Christmas
    155. Classroom training
    156. Club executive
    157. Coaching
    158. Computer literacy
    159. Cooking
    160. Crafts
    161. Creativity
    162. Credibility
    163. Crime & Law
    164. Daredevils
    165. Decisions and consequences
    166. Difficult people
    167. Discipline
    168. Discovering one’s self
    169. Diversity
    170. Dreams
    171. Dress for Success
    172. Dynamic members
    173. Effective communication
    174. Electronic communication
    175. Embarrassing moments
    176. Empathy
    177. Employment opportunities
    178. Empowerment
    179. Engagements
    180. Enthusiasm
    181. Entrepreneurship
    182. Pollution
    183. Exercise / Fitness
    184. Expectations
    185. Extracurricular activities
    186. Eye Contact
    187. Facilitating
    188. Family success
    189. Family tree
    190. Fashion
    191. Federal Government and education
    192. Financial Assistance for students
    193. Free Trade Agreement
    194. Friends (or enemies)
    195. Garage Sales
    196. Garbage
    197. Gardening
    198. Glasses & contact lenses
    199. Goals
    200. Grades and grading
    201. Hand writing
    202. History of a particular science
    203. Hockey
    204. Horse racing
    205. House cleaning
    206. How technology has changed / will change our lives
    207. Human Rights
    208. Humor
    209. Ideal society
    210. Illiteracy (Innumeracy)
    211. Job search
    212. Jury duty
    213. Kissing
    214. Leadership
    215. Life cycle
    216. Logic & emotions
    217. Management of change
    218. Managing stress / avoiding Burn Out
    219. Manners
    220. Massage
    221. Mistakes happen
    222. Motivation
    223. Mutual trust
    224. Negotiate
    225. Niche Marketing
    226. Nutrition
    227. Paperless society
    228. Parliamentary procedures
    229. Personal efficiency
    230. Personal growth
    231. Positive thinking
    232. Ordinary Postal Service vs Emailing
    233. Potential
    234. Presentation skills
    235. President
    236. Problem solving skills
    237. Procrastination / Productivity
    238. Propaganda abroad and at home
    239. Publicity
    240. Pure vs. Applied research
    241. Questions & Answers
    242. Quotes/ famous sayings
    243. Recent advances in sciences
    244. Red Cross
    245. Romance
    246. Running a business
    247. Safety at home and at school
    248. Secrets of power presentations
    249. Self confidence
    250. Self image
    251. Self talk
    252. Signs & symbols
    253. Spirituality versus Religion
    254. Spring fever
    255. Star Trek
    256. Stars
    257. Success
    258. Taxation
    259. Team building
    260. Teamwork
    261. The environment
    262. The press
    263. The role of religion
    264. Fait in Got
    265. The secret of happiness
    266. Turning weakness to strength
    267. Unemployment
    268. Vacation
    269. Violence on television
    270. Wealth
    271. Wild animals
    272. Yachts & boating
    273. Yoga
    274. Zodiac
    275. Zoology
    276. Euthanasia could decrease suicide rates.
    277. War can solve world hunger.
    278. The moon landing was a fraud. America just wanted to piss on the Soviets.
    279. High School football programs should receive a lower budget.
    280. Google and other search engines will be the death of libraries.
    281. Mars was the same as Earth in the past.
    282. Did the US army provide their soldiers with drugs during the Vietnam War?
    283. Everything happens for a reason.
    284. Why shouldn’t you work too hard when you’re diabetic?
    285. Should the state fund schools run by particular faiths?
    286. Are beauty contests harmful?
    287. Should doctors be allowed to prescribe contraception for girls under the age of 16?
    288. Should flag burning as a form of protest be prohibited?
    289. Should the state be fully privatized?
    290. Should ‘factory farming’ be banned?
    291. Should mothers stay at home to raise their children?
    292. Too much money is a bad thing.
    293. We shouldn’t have to pay for Internet access.
    294. The school year should be longer.
    295. Students should be allowed to pray in school.
    296. MP3 music should be free.
    297. We should all grow our own vegetables.
    298. Textbooks should be free.
    299. Celebrities should have more privacy rights.
    300. Boxing should have tighter rules.
    301. The importance of higher education.
    302. Do you believe that older people should receive bus rides free of charge?
    303. Should students attend state college without having to pay tuition fees?
    304. Do you believe illegal immigrants should be allowed to apply for a driver’s license?
    305. Should Spanish classes be mandatory for students?
    306. Should all citizens of the USA complete one year of community service?
    307. Do you believe it would be more suitable to raise the driving age to twenty-one?
    308. Would it be better if the voting age was lowered to thirteen?
    309. Should good students receive cash for their good grades?
    310. Should teenagers be allowed to purchase aggressive video games?
    311. Should notebook computers replace the traditional textbooks for students?
    312. Would it be better to introduce a set of skills tests for students, before they graduate high school?
    313. Do you believe that not wearing a seat-belt should be illegal?
    314. Should schools sell soft drinks and candies to students, in order to raise more money?
    315. Would it be appropriate if schools served fried potato products along with French fries at lunch?
    316. Should every day begin with a silent prayer at school?
    317. What if there were separate classrooms for boys and girls? Would that be more suitable?
    318. Birth control is a sensitive topic: should female students be allowed to get birth control without asking for their parents’ permission?
    319. Should female students be allowed to play on male students’ sports team?
    320. Do you think immigration laws need to be revised?
    321. Should the grades students get in gym have an impact on their grade point average?
    322. Do you believe federal governments should recognize civil unions?
    323. Do you think it would be better if USA had an universal health care system?
    324. Do you believe that cities should provide free wireless Internet?
    325. Should downloading music and movies be illegal, and those who do so should be punished?
    326. Should the US government add an extra tax for fatty snacks and junk food?
    327. Should schools allow uncensored songs at school dances?
    328. Do you think it would be better for students to be on the honor roll in order to play in games?
    329. Do you think students should be allowed to listen to their MP3 players during the study hall?
    330. Should drug tests be mandatory for school athletes?
    331. Should citizens be allowed to have assault weaponry, based on the 2nd amendment?
    332. Would it be better if schools started later in the morning?
    333. Should people who fail to recycle be obliged to pay $50?
    334. Do you think companies should be able to advertise in schools?
    335. Should stricter penalties be given to stars who break the law?
    336. Do you think schools should teach sexual education?
    337. Should the US government legalize prostitution?
    338. Should it be illegal for people to own pitbull dogs?
    339. Do you believe restaurants who sell modified chicken under the generic name of “Chicken” should not be allowed to do so?
    340. Should property owners be obliged to clean the snow from sidewalks on their property?
    341. Is it right for teachers and students to befriend on social networks such as Facebook?
    342. Do you believe larger passengers should be obliged to purchase two plane tickets, or two movie tickets?
    343. Do you think the United States government should spend more on space programs?
    344. Should abortions be considered illegal from now on?
    345. Do you believe that students who are responsible for cyber-bulling should be expelled from schools?
    346. Would it be alright for stem cell researchers to use cells from aborted babies in order to cure diseases?
    347. Do you believe Puerto Rico should become a state?
    348. Do you think it is time for the United Stated to suspend overseas military operations?
    349. Should students be permitted to consume food products during classes?
    350. Should young children use booster seats in vehicles?
    351. Should people who play music loudly be obliged to pay $50?
    352. Do you think abortions should be legal, in case of incest or rape?
    353. Should public schools teach world religions?
    354. Do you believe people should need a license in order to become parents?
    355. Do you think the city should come up with a bike sharing system?
    356. Are intensive security screenings essential for those who travel in airplanes?
    357. Do you think it should be illegal for people to curs on TV during daytime?
    358. Should it be legal for people to own exotic pets such as tigers or chimps?
    359. Should assisted suicide be legal for people who suffer from terminal illnesses?
    360. Do you think students should have open campus lunch breaks?
    361. Do you believe there should be stricter federal restrictions regarding content on Internet?
    362. Do you think that teachers should pass a test of basic skills every decade, in order to renew their certifications?
    363. Should there be stricter laws for protecting endangered species?
    364. Do you think that death penalty is the best punishment for dangerous criminals?
    365. Should it be legal for politicians to accept campaign contributions that come from various corporate lobbyists?
    366. Should the government declare gambling and sports betting illegal?
    367. Should it be legal for teachers to bring their cell phones to class?
    368. Do you believe fast food should come with a warning label?
    369. Should everyone age 17 or younger have a 9:00 PM curfew?
    370. Do you believe it is time for America to convert to the metric system?
    371. Would it be better if high school students completed community service hours in order to graduate?
    372. Do you think teenagers older than 13 should be allowed into R-rated movies?
    373. Should it be illegal to drive while talking to the cell phone without a handsfree device?
    374. Should children age 13 or younger me allowed to watch music videos or music channels like MTV?
    375. Do you believe ESL students should receive state tests in other languages?
    376. Should products manufactured outside the US come with an additional tax?
    377. Should drug tests be mandatory for professional athletes?
    378. Do you think female construction workers should have the same salary as male construction workers?
    379. Do you believe large corporations should hire a number of minorities that are proportionate to the population?
    380. Do you think 14-years old teenagers should be allowed to hold jobs?
    381. Do you believe students who fail their classes should repeat the grade?
    382. Should American families have no more than two children, in order to control population growth?
    383. Would it be better if schools with low scored on standardized tests were closed?
    384. Do you believe under-aged people should be allowed to consume alcohol at home, with their parents’ permission?
    385. Should product testing on animals or humans be allowed?
    386. Should teachers or students who have high scored on standardized tests receive money?
    387. Do you think it should be legal for students to drop out before they turn 18?
    388. Do you believe companies who manufacture alcohol should be allowed to advertise on TV?
    389. Should those who are caught driving after consuming alcohol lose their driver’s license for one year?
    390. Do you think free college tuition should be offered to children in temporary living situations, with a 3.0 GPA?
    391. Should minors who commit serious crimes be charged as adults?
    392. Do you think it would be fair for the government to detain suspected terrorists without proper trial?
    393. Do you believe Internet censorship is inappropriate?
    394. Should uniforms be mandatory for teachers?
    395. Should a dog that has bitten somebody be executed?