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ENG101: College Writing (McGuire): Choosing a Topic

Choosing a Topic

Often choosing a topic is the hardest part of a research paper. The best thing you can do for yourself is to choose a topic that you're interested in- because who wants to write a five page paper that isn't interesting?

Potential Topics

After looking at your textbook (Sociology, a Down to Earth Approach), I was able to come up with some very broad social issues that you could use as topics for your research paper.

Juvenile Delinquency Disenfranchisement Mass Incarceration Religion
Stratification Gentrification Poverty Gangs
Social Mobility Drug Abuse & Addiction Discrimination Equal Pay
Racial Stereotypes Prejudice & Racism Gender Equity Civil Rights
Sexuality Education Healthcare Agism


Broad Topics

The topic on this page are very broad.  You couldn't write a 5 page paper on discrimination- you will need to go from the larger social issue (discrimination) to a solvable social problem (workplace discrimination against African American women).

Use the drop-down menu to go to Social Issue to Social Problem to learn how to narrow your topic.

Opposing Viewpoints

Opposing Viewpoints is a database that provides several issues that are currently being debated nationally. Keep in mind, the issues you find here will need to be narrowed to a problem with a specific solution.