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

  • 2020 Census
  • Alt-right
  • Bitcoin
  • Confederate memorials
  • Cuba - U.S. relations
  • Cybersecurity
  • DACA
  • Executive order
  • Federal interest rates
  • Federal judge appointments
  • General Data Protection Regulation
  • Gerrymandering
  • Government shut down
  • Green New Deal
  • Hate speech
  • Health insurance
  • Immigration
  • Impeachment
  • Iran nuclear deal
  • Legalizing marijuana
  • Mass shooting
  • Me Too movement
  • Minimum wage
  • Mueller report
  • Net neutrality
  • North Korea
  • Paris Climate Agreement
  • PFAs
  • Political activism
  • Prescription drug addiction
  • Puerto Rico
  • Russian hacking
  • Sanctuary city
  • Syrian civil war
  • Trade tariffs
  • Transgender rights
  • UK leaving EU (Brexit)
  • Vaccination
  • Voter fraud
  • White nationalism

Controversial Issues

  • Affirmative Action
  • Alternative medicine
  • America's global influence
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Assisted suicide
  • Atheism
  • Bilingual education
  • Biofuels
  • Bitcoins
  • Capital punishment
  • Censorship
  • Charter schools
  • Childhood obesity
  • Civil rights
  • Climate change
  • Cyber bullying
  • Drug legalization
  • Eating disorders
  • Extremism
  • Factory farming
  • Foreign aid
  • Fracking
  • Freedom of speech
  • Genetic engineering
  • Hacking
  • Health insurance
  • Identity theft
  • Immigration
  • Labor unions
  • Minimum wage
  • Nuclear energy
  • Organic food
  • Offshore drilling
  • Outsourcing
  • Polygamy
  • Privacy
  • Racial profiling
  • Reparations
  • 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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Do you have a topic that you think we should add? Email us!