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100 Research Paper Topics
Do they work?
Should certain kinds of ads be banned in the interest of health/morality/annoyance – alcohol, cigarettes, prescription meds, etc…?
Why so many wars? What’s the solution?
Who is responsible? Should families of victims be entitled to compensation?
Should the government use invasive pat-downs and body scans to ensure passenger safety or are there better methods?
Has U.S. policy actually spread terrorism rather than contain it? Will it get better or worse? Why and how?
Should the U.S. lower the drinking age to 18?
Should it be illegal to use animals for sports and entertainment?
A few years ago, an artist was criticized for depicting the Virgin Mary with elephant dung. When is art not really art?
Athletes in high schools
Should shoe companies be able to give away free shoes and equipment to high school athletes?
Do they serve any purpose in society?
Bridges, roads, waterways
Why the government gets a bad report card on America’s infrastructure.
Should the state or federal government put laws into place to prevent bullying?
How have they changed us socially?
Should parents censor textbooks and other literature for children in schools?
U.S. companies that move factories to undeveloped nations barely pay employees enough to live on. Is it unethical to pay cheap wages or are companies doing those workers a favor?
Why and how children are used for war
Is breaking the law for a cause justifiable?
If civil couples have the same rights/privileges of married people, why get married?
Is global warming a hoax? Is it being exaggerated?
Should the use of coal be subjected to stricter environmental regulations than other fuels?
Should college athletes be paid?
What are the latest ways to steal identity and money?
Should we reform laws to make it harder to get a divorce?
Should DDT be re-approved for use in the wake of recent bedbug outbreaks across the country?
Electronic information preservation
Does the Information Age mean we are losing important historical information?
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?
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?
Felons and voting
Should convicted felons have the right to vote?
Is feminism still relevant? How do young women view feminism?
Should companies allow employees to exercise on work time?
Should children be required to say the Pledge of Allegiance in schools?
Steroids. Anitbiotics. Sprays. Are food manufacturers killing us?
Should teens in the U.S. adopt the British custom of taking a “gap year” between high school and college?
Should there be a constitutional amendment that allows gays and lesbians to legally marry?
How 4 different generations in the workplace can work together.
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?
Health care crisis
Most developed nations have universal health coverage. Why doesn’t the U.S., the wealthiest nation, have it?
Should denial of the Holocaust be illegal?
Are we safer since the creation of this department?
In some states, it is illegal to cheat on a spouse. Should we prosecute cheaters? Is a law that’s not enforced really a law?
Should illegal immigrants be made legal citizens?
Internet and children
Are children smarter (or more socialized) because of the Internet?
Should the federal government be allowed to regulate information on the internet?
What, if anything, should be done medically and socially?
Is America winning or losing the War? What is the measurement of success? Have the benefits outweighed the costs?
Iraq War Vets
Are they being cheated on medical benefits?
Should newspaper reporters be required to reveal their sources?
Should juvenile offenders be tried and punished as adults?
Should the U.S. join Kyoto to curb greenhouse gases?
Should the U.S. stop importing Chinese-manufactured toys?
Are Americans “literate?”
How can we balance the need to lower the cost of malpractice insurance with the fact that physician malpractice is one of the leading causes of death?
Should the federal government legalize the use of marijuana?
Does the media, both print and broadcast, report fairly? Does it ever cross the line between reporting the news and creating the news?
Should the U.S. have mandatory military conscriptions? For whom?
What safety measures made the recent Canadian mining accident a non-casualty event, while recent U.S. mining accidents have been fatal?
Should there be a minimum weight limit?
Should stay-at-home moms get a salary from the government?
What is life for them like in the U.S. after September 11, 2001?
No Child Left Behind Act
Is it working?
How much is too much noise? What, if anything, should we do to curb it?
How do men and women communicate differently using body language, and why does it matter (in dating, the workplace, social circles)?
Obesity and weight loss
Should thin people have to pay Medicare and other health costs for the health problems of obese people? Should obese people have higher premiums?
Do oil companies make big bucks while the rest of us pay over $3 a gallon?
Should we legalize the sale of human organs?
What would happen globally if the demand for natural resources is greater than the supply?
What, if any, limitations should be applied to the paparazzi?
Should parents be held responsible when their children break laws?
Parental filters on the Internet. Does censorship actually increase curiosity and use of pornography?
Should there be a national database to track controlled substances (i.e., oxycodone) or should it be a state issue?
Should the government be allowed to wire tap without permission?
What medical information should be confidential? Who, if anybody, should have access to medical records?
Does the public have a right to know about a public figure’s private life?
Racial bias in media
Does news coverage favor whites?
Is there one true religion?
Why do normally patient people become impatient behind the wheel?
Should government impose restrictions on what kinds of foods can be served in school cafeterias?
Pros and cons of school uniforms.
Once they leave prison, are laws about where they may live and be employed unfair?
Single sex schools
Do children learn better in boys-only and girls-only schools?
Should the federal government pass a nationwide indoor smoking ban?
How is it different from shyness? And, are we a society of anxiety?
Should it be outlawed?
What are the effects on children whose parents push them in sports?
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?
Should they be legalized?
What kind of person becomes a suicide bomber?
Can terrorism ever be justified?
Has it helped women’s sports? Has it harmed men’s sports?
Does parental “tough love” really work?
Do certain children’s toys create social or emotional problems?
Should parents avoid vaccinating their children?
Women still earn only 75 cents for every $1 a man earns. Explain why.
There’s a minimum wage, but should there also be a maximum wage/salary a person can earn?
Is wind energy really that cheap? Is it effective? Is it practical?
Women in the clergy
Should women be priests, pastors, ministers, and rabbis?
Do Americans work too hard? Does working more actually reduce productivity? Is a 40-hour work week too much? Should there be a mandatory cap on the number of hours a person can work? Should there be changes in employment laws to give Americans more relaxation time?
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?