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.

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  • 2020 Census
  • Affordable Care Act
  • Alt-right
  • Antifa
  • Black Lives Matter
  • Border security
  • Coronavirus
  • Cybersecurity
  • DACA
  • Early voting
  • Equal Rights Amendment
  • Executive order
  • General Data Protection Regulation
  • Gerrymandering
  • Green New Deal
  • Hate speech
  • Health insurance
  • Human trafficking
  • Immigration
  • Mail in ballots
  • Me Too movement
  • Misinformation
  • Net neutrality
  • Paris Climate Agreement
  • PFAs
  • Police reform
  • Political activism
  • Prescription drug addiction
  • Russian hacking
  • Sanctuary city
  • Socialism
  • Stimulus packages
  • Supreme Court confirmation
  • Syrian civil war
  • Trade tariffs
  • Transgender rights
  • Vaccination
  • Voter fraud
  • White nationalism
  • Wildfires

Controversial Issues

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  • Alternative medicine
  • America's global influence
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Assisted suicide
  • Atheism
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  • Biofuels
  • Capital punishment
  • Censorship
  • Charter schools
  • Childhood obesity
  • Civil rights
  • Climate change
  • Cryptocurrency
  • Cyber bullying
  • Drug legalization
  • Eating disorders
  • Extremism
  • Factory farming
  • Foreign aid
  • Fracking
  • Freedom of speech
  • Genetic engineering
  • Hacking
  • Health insurance
  • Immigration
  • Labor unions
  • Minimum wage
  • Nuclear energy
  • Organic food
  • Offshore drilling
  • Outsourcing
  • Racial profiling
  • Reparations
  • Screen addiction
  • Self-driving cars
  • Sex education
  • Smart speakers
  • Social security
  • Standardized testing
  • Stem cells
  • Sweatshops
  • Title IX
  • Urban agriculture
  • Vaccines
  • Vaping
  • 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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