Research Topic Ideas

Not Sure Which Topic to Choose?

Look at the "Picking a Topic" tab on this guide for help brainstorming your topic. Also, our Research Process guide can help you throughout your research process.

NOTE TO STUDENTS IN HIGH SCHOOL AND AT OTHER UNIVERSITIES: Most of our online resources are available only to UM-Flint students. You may have access to them through your own library. While we are happy to assist you when we can, but your own school or public library is the best place to start.

 

Current Events

  • Affordable Care Act
  • Alt-right
  • Black Lives Matter
  • Concealed weapons
  • Confederate memorials
  • Cuba - U.S. relations
  • DACA
  • Electoral College
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Executive order
  • Federal interest rates
  • Flint water crisis
  • Gerrymandering
  • Hate speech
  • Health insurance
  • Hydraulic fracturing (fracking)
  • Immigration
  • Internet privacy
  • ISIS
  • Iran nuclear deal
  • Lobbying / lobbyists
  • Marijuana legalization
  • Mass incarceration
  • Minimum wage
  • Net neutrality
  • North Dakota Access Pipeline
  • Paris Climate Agreement
  • Political activism
  • Poverty gap
  • Prescription drug addiction
  • Racism in America
  • Refugee crisis
  • Russian hacking
  • Sexual assault on campus
  • Syrian civil war
  • Transgender rights
  • Travel ban
  • UK leaving EU (Brexit)
  • Vaccination
  • White nationalism

Controversial Issues

  • Affirmative Action
  • Alternative medicine
  • America's global influence
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Assisted suicide
  • Atheism
  • Bilingual education
  • Biofuels
  • Boycotts
  • Capital punishment
  • Censorship
  • Charter schools
  • Childhood obesity
  • Civil rights
  • Climate change
  • Concealed weapons
  • Drug legalization
  • Eating disorders
  • Energy crisis
  • Extremism
  • Factory farming
  • Foreign aid
  • Fracking
  • Freedom of speech
  • Gay rights
  • Genetic engineering
  • Hacking
  • Health insurance
  • Identity theft
  • Immigration
  • Labor unions
  • Local food movement
  • Minimum wage
  • Nuclear energy
  • Organic food
  • Offshore drilling
  • Outsourcing
  • Polygamy
  • Privacy
  • Racial profiling
  • Recycling
  • School uniforms
  • Self-driving cars
  • Sex education
  • Social security
  • Standardized testing
  • Stem cells
  • Sweatshops
  • Title IX
  • Urban agriculture
  • Vaccines
  • Violence in the media
  • Women's rights
  • Zero tolerance policies

Flint Water Crisis

  • Activism
  • Art as commentary
  • Early childhood development
  • Citizen scientists
  • Emergency manager law
  • Environmental health
  • Government regulations
  • Health care access
  • Illegal immigrants
  • Infrastructure
  • Investigative journalism
  • Lead and Copper Rule
  • Lead toxicity
  • Legionella
  • Phosphates
  • Shigella
  • Volunteerism
  • Water filtration
  • Water Resource Development Act (S.2848)
  • Water rights
  • Water supply policy
  • Water supply regulation

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