Research Topic Ideas

History Topics

  • Bayeaux Tapestry
  • Chinese Communist Revolution
  • Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882
  • The Committee on Public Information
  • Dust Bowl
  • Genealogy
  • Great Migration
  • Glorious Revolution
  • Historic home preservation
  • Jacobite Rebellion
  • Japanese imperialism
  • Lost colony of Roanoke
  • Nation of Islam
  • Nationalism
  • Oral history
  • Ottoman Empire
  • Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA)
  • Sit-down strike of 1936-1937
  • Speakeasy
  • Unification of Germany
  • Urbanization
  • Vietnam War
  • Wide Awakes
  • Women's Suffrage movement
  • Works Progress Administration
  • Yalta Conference

Law Topics

  • Assisted suicide
  • Birthright citizenship
  • Civil forfeiture
  • Conscience rights in the workplace
  • Data encryption and surveillance
  • Discipline of employees for conduct outside work
  • Due process on campus
  • Fourth Amendment and privacy
  • Indigent criminal defendants
  • International Criminal Court
  • Maritime piracy in the 21st century
  • Mass incarceration
  • Non-governmental organizations (NGO) in international law
  • Regulatory process and public input
  • Religious Freedom Restoration Act
  • Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act 
  • Roberts Court
  • Sales tax on internet purchases
  • Second Amendment
  • Social media and freedom of speech
  • Sovereign citizen movement
  • Supreme Court, power of
  • Tort reform
  • Union organizing

 

Linguistic Topics

  • African American Vernacular English
  • Borrowed words
  • Creoles
  • Constructed languages
  • English language learner
  • Esperanto
  • Great Vowel Shift
  • Gullah​
  • Language revitalization
  • Oral history
  • Regional languages
  • Slang
  • Southern dialect
  • Whistled languages

Literature Topics

  • Afrofuturism
  • Arthurian legend
  • Beat poets
  • Broadside Press
  • Concrete poetry
  • Economic context of a novel
  • Ecocriticism
  • Ecopoetry
  • Elegies
  • Fairy tales
  • Folklore
  • Freudian interpretation
  • Gothic
  • Graphic novels
  • Harlem Renaissance
  • Hero archetype
  • Neo-romanticism
  • Nocturnes
  • Postcolonial literature
  • Raku poetry
  • Science fiction
  • Symbolism
  • Theater of the absurd
  • Transcendentalism
  • World building

Philosophy Topics

  • Animal rights
  • Assisted suicide
  • Blank slate
  • Emergent property and consciousness
  • Environmental ethics
  • Free will
  • Human cloning
  • Just war theory
  • Moral psychology
  • Philosophical anarchism
  • Political obligation
  • Qualia
  • Theories of punishment
  • Third wave feminism
  • Time travel

Religion Topics

  • American civil religion
  • Buddhism in contemporary India
  • Christians in contemporary Middle East
  • Conscientious objection in wartime
  • Evangelicals and Catholics Together project
  • Great Awakenings in American history
  • Hasidic movements
  • Hinduism in the West
  • House churches in China
  • Nation of Islam
  • New Atheism
  • New religious movements
  • Pentecostalism in Latin America
  • Religious Freedom Restoration Act
  • Santa Muerte
  • Santeria
  • Shia minorities in the Middle East
  • Shinto before and after World War II
  • Sufism today
  • Waldenses

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