topic suggestions for argumentative research paper 7

Fashion related research paper topics

Remember: for your preliminary assignment (and for the success of your argument paper), you must frame your issue in the form of a arguable thesis statement. Asking a question isn’t a thesis. Stating a fact isn’t a thesis. You must articulate a position on an issue. If you doubt your thesis, use the word "should" in the thesis to ensure that the thesis statement is arguing for or against something.

As for potential topics that could be framed in a thesis statement, you know that much exists on the web, in newspapers and magazines, and certainly on TV and radio that lend themselves to potential topic ideas. If you need help finding a topic, here are a couple of websites to help get you started:

Cal State at Long Beach Hot Topics page (this one has a large collection of links to other college and university argument topics websites)

The New York Times has a list of topics as good as any, but not every topic will work for our assignment. At minimum, the list should give you some ideas.

You could certainly just google "argument topics" or "research topics" and wander through the results until you hit upon something you believe might work. Otherwise, consider the suggestions below. (Each has been proposed as a topic for this assignment and I consider each a viable topic choice.)

  • We should develop some sort [what sort?] of internet censorship. Not all free expression is protected by the First Amendment.

  • We should initiate a single-payer health insurance program in the United States and model the program on successful ones used in Europe [or Canada]. Or we should implement a voucher-based system of health insurance nationwide.

  • We should use death row inmates as subjects for medical testing rather than animals.

    Avoid topics of taste, fashion, and recreation:

    • Rap music is not real music
    • Fad diets never work
    • Professional sports’ salaries are too high
    • Baseball is harder to play than basketball
    • Professional wrestling is real wrestling
    • Skateboarding is not a crime

    Resist topics that are extremely volatile and perhaps have no neutral audience :

    1. Making abortion illegal (or keeping abortion legal) : argument has been overworked and often depends on sensationalism.
    2. Gun control or conceal-carry laws have been really worked over. Avoid if you cannot treat rationally or bring anything new to the discussion.
    3. Drug testing for welfare recipients (or any short term political campaign hot button issues used to rile up the base). These only produce rants.
    4. Any issue about which you can only see one side. Check loaded language in thesis.

    Topics that haven’t been tried that might work:

    1. Drug testing should be required only for those in public transportation sector jobs.

    Try your hand at discerning which of the following sample topic suggestions might work.