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Your thesis is the central claim in your essay—your main insight or idea about your source or topic. Your thesis should appear early in an academic essay, followed by a logically constructed argument that supports this central claim. A strong thesis is arguable, which means a thoughtful reader could disagree with it and therefore needs your careful analysis of the evidence to understand how you arrived at this claim. You arrive at your thesis by examining and analyzing the evidence available to you, which might be text or other types of source material.
A thesis will generally respond to an analytical question or pose a solution to a problem that you have framed for your readers (and for yourself). When you frame that question or problem for your readers, you are telling them what is at stake in your argument—why your question matters and why they should care about the answer . If you can explain to your readers why a question or problem is worth addressing, then they will understand why it’s worth reading an essay that develops your thesis—and you will understand why it’s worth writing that essay.
A strong thesis will be arguable rather than descriptive , and it will be the right scope for the essay you are writing. If your thesis is descriptive, then you will not need to convince your readers of anything—you will be naming or summarizing something your readers can already see for themselves. If your thesis is too narrow, you won’t be able to explore your topic in enough depth to say something interesting about it. If your thesis is too broad, you may not be able to support it with evidence from the available sources.
When you are writing an essay for a course assignment, you should make sure you understand what type of claim you are being asked to make. Many of your assignments will be asking you to make analytical claims , which are based on interpretation of facts, data, or sources.
Some of your assignments may ask you to make normative claims. Normative claims are claims of value or evaluation rather than fact—claims about how things should be rather than how they are. A normative claim makes the case for the importance of something, the action that should be taken, or the way the world should be. When you are asked to write a policy memo, a proposal, or an essay based on your own opinion, you will be making normative claims.
Here are some examples of possible thesis statements for a student's analysis of the article “The Case Against Perfection” by Professor Michael Sandel.
Descriptive thesis (not arguable)
While Sandel argues that pursuing perfection through genetic engineering would decrease our sense of humility, he claims that the sense of solidarity we would lose is also important.
This thesis summarizes several points in Sandel’s argument, but it does not make a claim about how we should understand his argument. A reader who read Sandel’s argument would not also need to read an essay based on this descriptive thesis.
Broad thesis (arguable, but difficult to support with evidence)
Michael Sandel’s arguments about genetic engineering do not take into consideration all the relevant issues.
This is an arguable claim because it would be possible to argue against it by saying that Michael Sandel’s arguments do take all of the relevant issues into consideration. But the claim is too broad. Because the thesis does not specify which “issues” it is focused on—or why it matters if they are considered—readers won’t know what the rest of the essay will argue, and the writer won’t know what to focus on. If there is a particular issue that Sandel does not address, then a more specific version of the thesis would include that issue—hand an explanation of why it is important.
Arguable thesis with analytical claim
While Sandel argues persuasively that our instinct to “remake” (54) ourselves into something ever more perfect is a problem, his belief that we can always draw a line between what is medically necessary and what makes us simply “better than well” (51) is less convincing.
This is an arguable analytical claim. To argue for this claim, the essay writer will need to show how evidence from the article itself points to this interpretation. It’s also a reasonable scope for a thesis because it can be supported with evidence available in the text and is neither too broad nor too narrow.
Arguable thesis with normative claim
Given Sandel’s argument against genetic enhancement, we should not allow parents to decide on using Human Growth Hormone for their children.
This thesis tells us what we should do about a particular issue discussed in Sandel’s article, but it does not tell us how we should understand Sandel’s argument.
Questions to ask about your thesis
- Is the thesis truly arguable? Does it speak to a genuine dilemma in the source, or would most readers automatically agree with it?
- Is the thesis too obvious? Again, would most or all readers agree with it without needing to see your argument?
- Is the thesis complex enough to require a whole essay's worth of argument?
- Is the thesis supportable with evidence from the text rather than with generalizations or outside research?
- Would anyone want to read a paper in which this thesis was developed? That is, can you explain what this paper is adding to our understanding of a problem, question, or topic?
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The thesis statement or main claim must be debatable
An argumentative or persuasive piece of writing must begin with a debatable thesis or claim. In other words, the thesis must be something that people could reasonably have differing opinions on. If your thesis is something that is generally agreed upon or accepted as fact then there is no reason to try to persuade people.
Example of a non-debatable thesis statement:
This thesis statement is not debatable. First, the word pollution implies that something is bad or negative in some way. Furthermore, all studies agree that pollution is a problem; they simply disagree on the impact it will have or the scope of the problem. No one could reasonably argue that pollution is unambiguously good.
Example of a debatable thesis statement:
This is an example of a debatable thesis because reasonable people could disagree with it. Some people might think that this is how we should spend the nation's money. Others might feel that we should be spending more money on education. Still others could argue that corporations, not the government, should be paying to limit pollution.
Another example of a debatable thesis statement:
In this example there is also room for disagreement between rational individuals. Some citizens might think focusing on recycling programs rather than private automobiles is the most effective strategy.
The thesis needs to be narrow
Although the scope of your paper might seem overwhelming at the start, generally the narrower the thesis the more effective your argument will be. Your thesis or claim must be supported by evidence. The broader your claim is, the more evidence you will need to convince readers that your position is right.
Example of a thesis that is too broad:
There are several reasons this statement is too broad to argue. First, what is included in the category "drugs"? Is the author talking about illegal drug use, recreational drug use (which might include alcohol and cigarettes), or all uses of medication in general? Second, in what ways are drugs detrimental? Is drug use causing deaths (and is the author equating deaths from overdoses and deaths from drug related violence)? Is drug use changing the moral climate or causing the economy to decline? Finally, what does the author mean by "society"? Is the author referring only to America or to the global population? Does the author make any distinction between the effects on children and adults? There are just too many questions that the claim leaves open. The author could not cover all of the topics listed above, yet the generality of the claim leaves all of these possibilities open to debate.
Example of a narrow or focused thesis:
In this example the topic of drugs has been narrowed down to illegal drugs and the detriment has been narrowed down to gang violence. This is a much more manageable topic.
We could narrow each debatable thesis from the previous examples in the following way:
Narrowed debatable thesis 1:
This thesis narrows the scope of the argument by specifying not just the amount of money used but also how the money could actually help to control pollution.
Narrowed debatable thesis 2:
This thesis narrows the scope of the argument by specifying not just what the focus of a national anti-pollution campaign should be but also why this is the appropriate focus.
Qualifiers such as " typically ," " generally ," " usually ," or " on average " also help to limit the scope of your claim by allowing for the almost inevitable exception to the rule.
Types of claims
Claims typically fall into one of four categories. Thinking about how you want to approach your topic, or, in other words, what type of claim you want to make, is one way to focus your thesis on one particular aspect of your broader topic.
Claims of fact or definition: These claims argue about what the definition of something is or whether something is a settled fact. Example:
Claims of cause and effect: These claims argue that one person, thing, or event caused another thing or event to occur. Example:
Claims about value: These are claims made of what something is worth, whether we value it or not, how we would rate or categorize something. Example:
Claims about solutions or policies: These are claims that argue for or against a certain solution or policy approach to a problem. Example:
Which type of claim is right for your argument? Which type of thesis or claim you use for your argument will depend on your position and knowledge of the topic, your audience, and the context of your paper. You might want to think about where you imagine your audience to be on this topic and pinpoint where you think the biggest difference in viewpoints might be. Even if you start with one type of claim you probably will be using several within the paper. Regardless of the type of claim you choose to utilize it is key to identify the controversy or debate you are addressing and to define your position early on in the paper.
Research Topics & Ideas
The ultimate topic list to kickstart your dissertation, thesis or research paper.
If you’re at the start of your research journey and are trying to figure out which research topic you want to focus on, you’ve come to the right place. Select an area of interest below to view a comprehensive collection of potential research topics.
Research Topic FAQs
What (exactly) is a research topic.
A research topic is the subject of a research project or study – for example, a dissertation or thesis. A research topic typically takes the form of a problem to be solved, or a question to be answered.
A good research topic should be specific enough to allow for focused research and analysis. For example, if you are interested in studying the effects of climate change on agriculture, your research topic could focus on how rising temperatures have impacted crop yields in certain regions over time.
To learn more about the basics of developing a research topic, consider our free research topic ideation webinar.
What constitutes a good research topic?
A strong research topic comprises three important qualities : originality, value and feasibility.
- Originality – a good topic explores an original area or takes a novel angle on an existing area of study.
- Value – a strong research topic provides value and makes a contribution, either academically or practically.
- Feasibility – a good research topic needs to be practical and manageable, given the resource constraints you face.
To learn more about what makes for a high-quality research topic, check out this post .
What's the difference between a research topic and research problem?
A research topic and a research problem are two distinct concepts that are often confused. A research topic is a broader label that indicates the focus of the study , while a research problem is an issue or gap in knowledge within the broader field that needs to be addressed.
To illustrate this distinction, consider a student who has chosen “teenage pregnancy in the United Kingdom” as their research topic. This research topic could encompass any number of issues related to teenage pregnancy such as causes, prevention strategies, health outcomes for mothers and babies, etc.
Within this broad category (the research topic) lies potential areas of inquiry that can be explored further – these become the research problems . For example:
- What factors contribute to higher rates of teenage pregnancy in certain communities?
- How do different types of parenting styles affect teen pregnancy rates?
- What interventions have been successful in reducing teenage pregnancies?
Simply put, a key difference between a research topic and a research problem is scope ; the research topic provides an umbrella under which multiple questions can be asked, while the research problem focuses on one specific question or set of questions within that larger context.
How can I find potential research topics for my project?
There are many steps involved in the process of finding and choosing a high-quality research topic for a dissertation or thesis. We cover these steps in detail in this video (also accessible below).
How can I find quality sources for my research topic?
Finding quality sources is an essential step in the topic ideation process. To do this, you should start by researching scholarly journals, books, and other academic publications related to your topic. These sources can provide reliable information on a wide range of topics. Additionally, they may contain data or statistics that can help support your argument or conclusions.
Identifying Relevant Sources
When searching for relevant sources, it’s important to look beyond just published material; try using online databases such as Google Scholar or JSTOR to find articles from reputable journals that have been peer-reviewed by experts in the field.
You can also use search engines like Google or Bing to locate websites with useful information about your topic. However, be sure to evaluate any website before citing it as a source—look for evidence of authorship (such as an “About Us” page) and make sure the content is up-to-date and accurate before relying on it.
Once you’ve identified potential sources for your research project, take some time to evaluate them thoroughly before deciding which ones will best serve your purpose. Consider factors such as author credibility (are they an expert in their field?), publication date (is the source current?), objectivity (does the author present both sides of an issue?) and relevance (how closely does this source relate to my specific topic?).
By researching the current literature on your topic, you can identify potential sources that will help to provide quality information. Once you’ve identified these sources, it’s time to look for a gap in the research and determine what new knowledge could be gained from further study.
How can I find a good research gap?
Finding a strong gap in the literature is an essential step when looking for potential research topics. We explain what research gaps are and how to find them in this post.
How should I evaluate potential research topics/ideas?
When evaluating potential research topics, it is important to consider the factors that make for a strong topic (we discussed these earlier). Specifically:
So, when you have a list of potential topics or ideas, assess each of them in terms of these three criteria. A good topic should take a unique angle, provide value (either to academia or practitioners), and be practical enough for you to pull off, given your limited resources.
Finally, you should also assess whether this project could lead to potential career opportunities such as internships or job offers down the line. Make sure that you are researching something that is relevant enough so that it can benefit your professional development in some way. Additionally, consider how each research topic aligns with your career goals and interests; researching something that you are passionate about can help keep motivation high throughout the process.
How can I assess the feasibility of a research topic?
When evaluating the feasibility and practicality of a research topic, it is important to consider several factors.
First, you should assess whether or not the research topic is within your area of competence. Of course, when you start out, you are not expected to be the world’s leading expert, but do should at least have some foundational knowledge.
When considering a research topic, you should think about how much time will be required for completion. Depending on your field of study, some topics may require more time than others due to their complexity or scope.
Additionally, if you plan on collaborating with other researchers or institutions in order to complete your project, additional considerations must be taken into account such as coordinating schedules and ensuring that all parties involved have adequate resources available.
It’s also critically important to consider what type of resources are necessary in order to conduct the research successfully. This includes physical materials such as lab equipment and chemicals but can also include intangible items like access to certain databases or software programs which may be necessary depending on the nature of your work. Additionally, if there are costs associated with obtaining these materials then this must also be factored into your evaluation process.
It’s important to consider the inherent potential risks for each potential research topic. These can include ethical risks (challenges getting ethical approval), data risks (not being able to access the data you’ll need), technical risks relating to the equipment you’ll use and funding risks (not securing the necessary financial back to undertake the research).
If you’re looking for more information about how to find, evaluate and select research topics for your dissertation or thesis, check out our free webinar here . Alternatively, if you’d like 1:1 help with the topic ideation process, consider our private coaching services .
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25 Thesis Statement Examples That Will Make Writing a Breeze
Understanding what makes a good thesis statement is one of the major keys to writing a great research paper or argumentative essay. The thesis statement is where you make a claim that will guide you through your entire paper. If you find yourself struggling to make sense of your paper or your topic, then it's likely due to a weak thesis statement.
Let's take a minute to first understand what makes a solid thesis statement, and what key components you need to write one of your own.
A thesis statement always goes at the beginning of the paper. It will typically be in the first couple of paragraphs of the paper so that it can introduce the body paragraphs, which are the supporting evidence for your thesis statement.
Your thesis statement should clearly identify an argument. You need to have a statement that is not only easy to understand, but one that is debatable. What that means is that you can't just put any statement of fact and have it be your thesis. For example, everyone knows that puppies are cute . An ineffective thesis statement would be, "Puppies are adorable and everyone knows it." This isn't really something that's a debatable topic.
Something that would be more debatable would be, "A puppy's cuteness is derived from its floppy ears, small body, and playfulness." These are three things that can be debated on. Some people might think that the cutest thing about puppies is the fact that they follow you around or that they're really soft and fuzzy.
All cuteness aside, you want to make sure that your thesis statement is not only debatable, but that it also actually thoroughly answers the research question that was posed. You always want to make sure that your evidence is supporting a claim that you made (and not the other way around). This is why it's crucial to read and research about a topic first and come to a conclusion later. If you try to get your research to fit your thesis statement, then it may not work out as neatly as you think. As you learn more, you discover more (and the outcome may not be what you originally thought).
Additionally, your thesis statement shouldn't be too big or too grand. It'll be hard to cover everything in a thesis statement like, "The federal government should act now on climate change." The topic is just too large to actually say something new and meaningful. Instead, a more effective thesis statement might be, "Local governments can combat climate change by providing citizens with larger recycling bins and offering local classes about composting and conservation." This is easier to work with because it's a smaller idea, but you can also discuss the overall topic that you might be interested in, which is climate change.
So, now that we know what makes a good, solid thesis statement, you can start to write your own. If you find that you're getting stuck or you are the type of person who needs to look at examples before you start something, then check out our list of thesis statement examples below.
Thesis statement examples
A quick note that these thesis statements have not been fully researched. These are merely examples to show you what a thesis statement might look like and how you can implement your own ideas into one that you think of independently. As such, you should not use these thesis statements for your own research paper purposes. They are meant to be used as examples only.
- Vaccinations Because many children are unable to vaccinate due to illness, we must require that all healthy and able children be vaccinated in order to have herd immunity.
- Educational Resources for Low-Income Students Schools should provide educational resources for low-income students during the summers so that they don't forget what they've learned throughout the school year.
- School Uniforms School uniforms may be an upfront cost for families, but they eradicate the visual differences in income between students and provide a more egalitarian atmosphere at school.
- Populism The rise in populism on the 2016 political stage was in reaction to increasing globalization, the decline of manufacturing jobs, and the Syrian refugee crisis.
- Public Libraries Libraries are essential resources for communities and should be funded more heavily by local municipalities.
- Cyber Bullying With more and more teens using smartphones and social media, cyber bullying is on the rise. Cyber bullying puts a lot of stress on many teens, and can cause depression, anxiety, and even suicidal thoughts. Parents should limit the usage of smart phones, monitor their children's online activity, and report any cyber bullying to school officials in order to combat this problem.
- Medical Marijuana for Veterans Studies have shown that the use of medicinal marijuana has been helpful to veterans who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Medicinal marijuana prescriptions should be legal in all states and provided to these veterans. Additional medical or therapy services should also be researched and implemented in order to help them re-integrate back into civilian life.
- Work-Life Balance Corporations should provide more work from home opportunities and six-hour workdays so that office workers have a better work-life balance and are more likely to be productive when they are in the office.
- Teaching Youths about Consensual Sex Although sex education that includes a discussion of consensual sex would likely lead to less sexual assault, parents need to teach their children the meaning of consent from a young age with age appropriate lessons.
- Whether or Not to Attend University A degree from a university provides invaluable lessons on life and a future career, but not every high school student should be encouraged to attend a university directly after graduation. Some students may benefit from a trade school or a "gap year" where they can think more intensely about what it is they want to do for a career and how they can accomplish this.
- Studying Abroad Studying abroad is one of the most culturally valuable experiences you can have in college. It is the only way to get completely immersed in another language and learn how other cultures and countries are different from your own.
- Women's Body Image Magazines have done a lot in the last five years to include a more diverse group of models, but there is still a long way to go to promote a healthy woman's body image collectively as a culture.
- Cigarette Tax Heavily taxing and increasing the price of cigarettes is essentially a tax on the poorest Americans, and it doesn't deter them from purchasing. Instead, the state and federal governments should target those economically disenfranchised with early education about the dangers of smoking.
- Veganism A vegan diet, while a healthy and ethical way to consume food, indicates a position of privilege. It also limits you to other cultural food experiences if you travel around the world.
- University Athletes Should be Compensated University athletes should be compensated for their service to the university, as it is difficult for these students to procure and hold a job with busy academic and athletic schedules. Many student athletes on scholarship also come from low-income neighborhoods and it is a struggle to make ends meet when they are participating in athletics.
- Women in the Workforce Sheryl Sandberg makes a lot of interesting points in her best-selling book, Lean In , but she only addressed the very privileged working woman and failed to speak to those in lower-skilled, lower-wage jobs.
- Assisted Suicide Assisted suicide should be legal and doctors should have the ability to make sure their patients have the end-of-life care that they want to receive.
- Celebrity and Political Activism Although Taylor Swift's lyrics are indicative of a feminist perspective, she should be more politically active and vocal to use her position of power for the betterment of society.
- The Civil War The insistence from many Southerners that the South seceded from the Union for states' rights versus the fact that they seceded for the purposes of continuing slavery is a harmful myth that still affects race relations today.
- Blue Collar Workers Coal miners and other blue-collar workers whose jobs are slowly disappearing from the workforce should be re-trained in jobs in the technology sector or in renewable energy. A program to re-train these workers would not only improve local economies where jobs have been displaced, but would also lead to lower unemployment nationally.
- Diversity in the Workforce Having a diverse group of people in an office setting leads to richer ideas, more cooperation, and more empathy between people with different skin colors or backgrounds.
- Re-Imagining the Nuclear Family The nuclear family was traditionally defined as one mother, one father, and 2.5 children. This outdated depiction of family life doesn't quite fit with modern society. The definition of normal family life shouldn't be limited to two-parent households.
- Digital Literacy Skills With more information readily available than ever before, it's crucial that students are prepared to examine the material they're reading and determine whether or not it's a good source or if it has misleading information. Teaching students digital literacy and helping them to understand the difference between opinion or propaganda from legitimate, real information is integral.
- Beauty Pageants Beauty pageants are presented with the angle that they empower women. However, putting women in a swimsuit on a stage while simultaneously judging them on how well they answer an impossible question in a short period of time is cruel and purely for the amusement of men. Therefore, we should stop televising beauty pageants.
- Supporting More Women to Run for a Political Position In order to get more women into political positions, more women must run for office. There must be a grassroots effort to educate women on how to run for office, who among them should run, and support for a future candidate for getting started on a political career.
Still stuck? Need some help with your thesis statement?
If you are still uncertain about how to write a thesis statement or what a good thesis statement is, be sure to consult with your teacher or professor to make sure you're on the right track. It's always a good idea to check in and make sure that your thesis statement is making a solid argument and that it can be supported by your research.
After you're done writing, it's important to have someone take a second look at your paper so that you can ensure there are no mistakes or errors. It's difficult to spot your own mistakes, which is why it's always recommended to have someone help you with the revision process, whether that's a teacher, the writing center at school, or a professional editor such as one from ServiceScape .
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How to Choose a Dissertation Topic | 8 Steps to Follow
Published on November 11, 2022 by Shona McCombes and Tegan George. Revised on November 20, 2023.
Choosing your dissertation topic is the first step in making sure your research goes as smoothly as possible. When choosing a topic, it’s important to consider:
- Your institution and department’s requirements
- Your areas of knowledge and interest
- The scientific, social, or practical relevance
- The availability of data and resources
- The timeframe of your dissertation
- The relevance of your topic
You can follow these steps to begin narrowing down your ideas.
Table of contents
Step 1: check the requirements, step 2: choose a broad field of research, step 3: look for books and articles, step 4: find a niche, step 5: consider the type of research, step 6: determine the relevance, step 7: make sure it’s plausible, step 8: get your topic approved, other interesting articles, frequently asked questions about dissertation topics.
The very first step is to check your program’s requirements. This determines the scope of what it is possible for you to research.
- Is there a minimum and maximum word count?
- When is the deadline?
- Should the research have an academic or a professional orientation?
- Are there any methodological conditions? Do you have to conduct fieldwork, or use specific types of sources?
Some programs have stricter requirements than others. You might be given nothing more than a word count and a deadline, or you might have a restricted list of topics and approaches to choose from. If in doubt about what is expected of you, always ask your supervisor or department coordinator.
Start by thinking about your areas of interest within the subject you’re studying. Examples of broad ideas include:
- Twentieth-century literature
- Economic history
- Health policy
To get a more specific sense of the current state of research on your potential topic, skim through a few recent issues of the top journals in your field. Be sure to check out their most-cited articles in particular. For inspiration, you can also search Google Scholar , subject-specific databases , and your university library’s resources.
As you read, note down any specific ideas that interest you and make a shortlist of possible topics. If you’ve written other papers, such as a 3rd-year paper or a conference paper, consider how those topics can be broadened into a dissertation.
After doing some initial reading, it’s time to start narrowing down options for your potential topic. This can be a gradual process, and should get more and more specific as you go. For example, from the ideas above, you might narrow it down like this:
- Twentieth-century literature Twentieth-century Irish literature Post-war Irish poetry
- Economic history European economic history German labor union history
- Health policy Reproductive health policy Reproductive rights in South America
All of these topics are still broad enough that you’ll find a huge amount of books and articles about them. Try to find a specific niche where you can make your mark, such as: something not many people have researched yet, a question that’s still being debated, or a very current practical issue.
At this stage, make sure you have a few backup ideas — there’s still time to change your focus. If your topic doesn’t make it through the next few steps, you can try a different one. Later, you will narrow your focus down even more in your problem statement and research questions .
There are many different types of research , so at this stage, it’s a good idea to start thinking about what kind of approach you’ll take to your topic. Will you mainly focus on:
- Collecting original data (e.g., experimental or field research)?
- Analyzing existing data (e.g., national statistics, public records, or archives)?
- Interpreting cultural objects (e.g., novels, films, or paintings)?
- Comparing scholarly approaches (e.g., theories, methods, or interpretations)?
Many dissertations will combine more than one of these. Sometimes the type of research is obvious: if your topic is post-war Irish poetry, you will probably mainly be interpreting poems. But in other cases, there are several possible approaches. If your topic is reproductive rights in South America, you could analyze public policy documents and media coverage, or you could gather original data through interviews and surveys .
You don’t have to finalize your research design and methods yet, but the type of research will influence which aspects of the topic it’s possible to address, so it’s wise to consider this as you narrow down your ideas.
It’s important that your topic is interesting to you, but you’ll also have to make sure it’s academically, socially or practically relevant to your field.
- Academic relevance means that the research can fill a gap in knowledge or contribute to a scholarly debate in your field.
- Social relevance means that the research can advance our understanding of society and inform social change.
- Practical relevance means that the research can be applied to solve concrete problems or improve real-life processes.
The easiest way to make sure your research is relevant is to choose a topic that is clearly connected to current issues or debates, either in society at large or in your academic discipline. The relevance must be clearly stated when you define your research problem .
Before you make a final decision on your topic, consider again the length of your dissertation, the timeframe in which you have to complete it, and the practicalities of conducting the research.
Will you have enough time to read all the most important academic literature on this topic? If there’s too much information to tackle, consider narrowing your focus even more.
Will you be able to find enough sources or gather enough data to fulfil the requirements of the dissertation? If you think you might struggle to find information, consider broadening or shifting your focus.
Do you have to go to a specific location to gather data on the topic? Make sure that you have enough funding and practical access.
Last but not least, will the topic hold your interest for the length of the research process? To stay motivated, it’s important to choose something you’re enthusiastic about!
Most programmes will require you to submit a brief description of your topic, called a research prospectus or proposal .
Remember, if you discover that your topic is not as strong as you thought it was, it’s usually acceptable to change your mind and switch focus early in the dissertation process. Just make sure you have enough time to start on a new topic, and always check with your supervisor or department.
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Formulating a main research question can be a difficult task. Overall, your question should contribute to solving the problem that you have defined in your problem statement .
However, it should also fulfill criteria in three main areas:
- Feasibility and specificity
- Relevance and originality
All research questions should be:
- Focused on a single problem or issue
- Researchable using primary and/or secondary sources
- Feasible to answer within the timeframe and practical constraints
- Specific enough to answer thoroughly
- Complex enough to develop the answer over the space of a paper or thesis
- Relevant to your field of study and/or society more broadly
You can assess information and arguments critically by asking certain questions about the source. You can use the CRAAP test , focusing on the currency , relevance , authority , accuracy , and purpose of a source of information.
Ask questions such as:
- Who is the author? Are they an expert?
- Why did the author publish it? What is their motivation?
- How do they make their argument? Is it backed up by evidence?
A dissertation prospectus or proposal describes what or who you plan to research for your dissertation. It delves into why, when, where, and how you will do your research, as well as helps you choose a type of research to pursue. You should also determine whether you plan to pursue qualitative or quantitative methods and what your research design will look like.
It should outline all of the decisions you have taken about your project, from your dissertation topic to your hypotheses and research objectives , ready to be approved by your supervisor or committee.
Note that some departments require a defense component, where you present your prospectus to your committee orally.
The best way to remember the difference between a research plan and a research proposal is that they have fundamentally different audiences. A research plan helps you, the researcher, organize your thoughts. On the other hand, a dissertation proposal or research proposal aims to convince others (e.g., a supervisor, a funding body, or a dissertation committee) that your research topic is relevant and worthy of being conducted.
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55 Research Paper Topics to Jump-Start Your Paper
Coming up with research paper topics is the first step in writing most papers. While it may seem easy compared to the actual writing, choosing the right research paper topic is nonetheless one of the most important steps. Your topic determines the entire writing process: your core arguments, which sources you use, the structure of your outline, and ultimately how well the paper is received.
Unfortunately, how to select a research topic isn’t always obvious. So here, we explain how to come up with research paper topics that will work for you. We even share a list of research topics to help inspire you.
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What are research paper topics?
A research paper topic is the main focus of a piece of academic writing , encompassing the author’s main argument, thesis, or hypothesis that they plan to research and investigate.
Usually, the assignment stipulates what kind of research paper topics you can use, but even so you should choose topics that you feel passionately about and that have ample resources to fully develop your ideas.
How to come up with research paper topic examples
The ideal approach is to create a list of research topics that fulfill the criteria, and then choose the best one. Because research paper topics can be pretty broad, creating a list helps you narrow down ideas and consider fresh alternatives.
Of course, creating a list of research topics takes some effort. To save you time, here are some tried-and-true methods for how to come up with research paper topic examples:
- Personal interest: Which topics are you interested in or particularly curious about?
- Topics in class discussions: Was anything mentioned in class that you’d like to examine more deeply?
- Current events: Are there any topics in the news that fit the requirements for the assignment?
- Research gaps: For dissertations , are there any topics that haven’t been sufficiently researched before that you could contribute original data to?
- Advice from teacher, colleagues, or friends: Can you ask someone knowledgeable to help you brainstorm research paper topics?
- Search online: What kinds of relevant topics do people discuss online?
Once you have a short list of research topics, it’s time to move on to the next step: deciding how to select a research topic from the list.
How to select a research topic
As we explain in our guide on how to write a research paper , you should choose a topic with enough content to fill the length of your paper. On top of that, it’s best to pick a topic that you’re personally interested in, since you’re going to be spending long hours researching it and discussing it.
To keep your paper focused, choose a specific topic instead of a broad one . For example, instead of a general topic like “the eating habits of cats,” try to narrow it down a little, like “the eating habits of tigers.” With broad topics, you won’t be able to cover everything . Limit the scope of your topic so you can fully discuss it within the paper.
However, if you get too specific, you won’t have enough data, sources, or knowledge to write a substantial report. For example, if your topic was “the eating habits of my cat Charlie,” most likely you wouldn’t have enough information to fill more than a page or two.
So try to pick a topic that’s not only precise but manageable enough to describe completely within the limitations of the assignment.
Research paper topic vs. thesis vs. hypothesis
What’s the difference between a research paper topic, a thesis, and a hypothesis?
A research paper thesis is the main argument your paper tries to prove or explain. As such, the thesis is a core part of your entire research paper topic. A thesis is typically summed up in a thesis statement , a single sentence at the beginning of the paper to introduce your argument to the reader.
For example, if your topic was analyzing wind power in Mexico, your thesis might be:
Wind power effectively enabled Mexico to meet the requirements of the Paris Agreement, thanks to natural winds in the south.
With this thesis, your paper would then discuss the availability of wind, what factors of the south make it ideal, and how Mexico went about enacting it with regard to the Paris Agreement.
Specific to scientific works, a research paper hypothesis is a statement that describes what the author hopes to prove or disprove with their paper. A hypothesis is similar to a thesis in that it sums up the research paper topic, but a hypothesis requires original data and often testing to prove whether it’s true, whereas a thesis can draw on other people’s research.
55 examples of research topics
- The evolution of antibiotic-resistant bacteria
- Comparing the impacts of pollution on freshwater and saltwater ecosystems
- How the Human Genome Project changed the field of biology
- How modern-day urbanization affects wildlife and natural habitats
- The ethical considerations of CRISPR technology
- Leveraging sustainable business practices for marketing purposes
- How attitudes about financial risk management have changed over time
- Different leadership styles and their impact on organizational performance
- The challenges of cross-cultural business negotiations
- The practicality of big data analytics for small businesses
- How the internet changed in-person social interactions
- The most effective strategies for interpersonal conflict resolution
- The relationship between media literacy and voting habits
- The evolution of communication in family dynamics
- How advertising affects decision-making outside of sales
- The application of blockchain technology outside of finance
- The future of quantum computing
- The greatest threats to cybersecurity at present
- The ramifications of humanizing AI
- An in-depth comparison between cloud computing and fog computing
- Rehabilitation versus punishment in the juvenile justice system
- The merits of decriminalizing certain drugs
- Comparing the apprehension of white-collar and blue-collar criminals
- The evolution of profiling and behavioral analysis
- The effects of a private prison system on lawmaking
- Cultural appropriation versus cultural appreciation
- Comparing the historic traditions of younger and older countries
- Effective strategies to preserve indigenous cultures
- The merits of multiculturalism in big cities
- The influence of public school systems on cultural understanding
- The relationship between socioeconomic factors and educational achievements
- The challenges of early childhood education compared to that of older students
- Effective strategies for promoting interest in STEM fields
- Predicting the future of education based on current trends
- Pros and cons of multilingual classrooms
- The evolution of mental health treatment over time
- Analyzing the most successful public health campaigns throughout history
- Misinformation and diet-related illnesses
- Comparing the health effects of natural drugs and synthetic drugs
- The future of telehealth and telemedicine
- Comparing feminist literature of the first, second, third, and fourth waves
- How colonization historically affected literature
- Comparing the genres of high fantasy and magic realism
- The decline of literary journals in the modern era
- The history of metafiction and self-referential literature
- Effective strategies for combating political corruption
- Leading causes of political extremism and terrorism
- Comparing the efficiency of different electoral systems around the world
- Comparing populism in North America and Europe
- The connection between specific governments and the happiness index of their people
Research paper topics FAQs
A research paper topic is the main focus of a piece of academic writing, encompassing the author’s main argument, thesis, or hypothesis, as well as the evidence to support it and the ultimate conclusion.
How do you come up with research paper topic examples?
You can brainstorm some research paper topics by asking people or searching online. Sometimes current events or topics discussed in the classroom can fit the type of topic you need. Try to think of topics you have a personal connection to, or perhaps topics that have not yet been sufficiently researched.
What’s the difference between a research paper topic, thesis, and hypothesis?
A research paper topic describes the general subject matter of the entire paper. A thesis is the specific argument that the author is trying to prove or explain. A hypothesis is particular to scientific papers; it is what the author attempts to prove or disprove through original testing.
What is a thesis statement.
Your thesis statement is one of the most important parts of your paper. It expresses your main argument succinctly and explains why your argument is historically significant. Think of your thesis as a promise you make to your reader about what your paper will argue. Then, spend the rest of your paper–each body paragraph–fulfilling that promise.
Your thesis should be between one and three sentences long and is placed at the end of your introduction. Just because the thesis comes towards the beginning of your paper does not mean you can write it first and then forget about it. View your thesis as a work in progress while you write your paper. Once you are satisfied with the overall argument your paper makes, go back to your thesis and see if it captures what you have argued. If it does not, then revise it. Crafting a good thesis is one of the most challenging parts of the writing process, so do not expect to perfect it on the first few tries. Successful writers revise their thesis statements again and again.
A successful thesis statement:
- makes an historical argument
- takes a position that requires defending
- is historically specific
- is focused and precise
- answers the question, “so what?”
How to write a thesis statement:
Suppose you are taking an early American history class and your professor has distributed the following essay prompt:
“Historians have debated the American Revolution’s effect on women. Some argue that the Revolution had a positive effect because it increased women’s authority in the family. Others argue that it had a negative effect because it excluded women from politics. Still others argue that the Revolution changed very little for women, as they remained ensconced in the home. Write a paper in which you pose your own answer to the question of whether the American Revolution had a positive, negative, or limited effect on women.”
Using this prompt, we will look at both weak and strong thesis statements to see how successful thesis statements work.
While this thesis does take a position, it is problematic because it simply restates the prompt. It needs to be more specific about how the Revolution had a limited effect on women and why it mattered that women remained in the home.
Revised Thesis: The Revolution wrought little political change in the lives of women because they did not gain the right to vote or run for office. Instead, women remained firmly in the home, just as they had before the war, making their day-to-day lives look much the same.
This revision is an improvement over the first attempt because it states what standards the writer is using to measure change (the right to vote and run for office) and it shows why women remaining in the home serves as evidence of limited change (because their day-to-day lives looked the same before and after the war). However, it still relies too heavily on the information given in the prompt, simply saying that women remained in the home. It needs to make an argument about some element of the war’s limited effect on women. This thesis requires further revision.
Strong Thesis: While the Revolution presented women unprecedented opportunities to participate in protest movements and manage their family’s farms and businesses, it ultimately did not offer lasting political change, excluding women from the right to vote and serve in office.
Few would argue with the idea that war brings upheaval. Your thesis needs to be debatable: it needs to make a claim against which someone could argue. Your job throughout the paper is to provide evidence in support of your own case. Here is a revised version:
Strong Thesis: The Revolution caused particular upheaval in the lives of women. With men away at war, women took on full responsibility for running households, farms, and businesses. As a result of their increased involvement during the war, many women were reluctant to give up their new-found responsibilities after the fighting ended.
Sexism is a vague word that can mean different things in different times and places. In order to answer the question and make a compelling argument, this thesis needs to explain exactly what attitudes toward women were in early America, and how those attitudes negatively affected women in the Revolutionary period.
Strong Thesis: The Revolution had a negative impact on women because of the belief that women lacked the rational faculties of men. In a nation that was to be guided by reasonable republican citizens, women were imagined to have no place in politics and were thus firmly relegated to the home.
This thesis addresses too large of a topic for an undergraduate paper. The terms “social,” “political,” and “economic” are too broad and vague for the writer to analyze them thoroughly in a limited number of pages. The thesis might focus on one of those concepts, or it might narrow the emphasis to some specific features of social, political, and economic change.
Strong Thesis: The Revolution paved the way for important political changes for women. As “Republican Mothers,” women contributed to the polity by raising future citizens and nurturing virtuous husbands. Consequently, women played a far more important role in the new nation’s politics than they had under British rule.
This thesis is off to a strong start, but it needs to go one step further by telling the reader why changes in these three areas mattered. How did the lives of women improve because of developments in education, law, and economics? What were women able to do with these advantages? Obviously the rest of the paper will answer these questions, but the thesis statement needs to give some indication of why these particular changes mattered.
Strong Thesis: The Revolution had a positive impact on women because it ushered in improvements in female education, legal standing, and economic opportunity. Progress in these three areas gave women the tools they needed to carve out lives beyond the home, laying the foundation for the cohesive feminist movement that would emerge in the mid-nineteenth century.
When revising your thesis, check it against the following guidelines:
- Does my thesis make an historical argument?
- Does my thesis take a position that requires defending?
- Is my thesis historically specific?
- Is my thesis focused and precise?
- Does my thesis answer the question, “so what?”
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What is a good thesis statement topic?
- Relevance : It should be pertinent to your field of study and align with current trends or gaps in the research. A topic that is timely and relevant can garner more interest.
- Researchable : There should be enough information available for you to research and base your arguments on. Conversely, it shouldn’t be so over-researched that there’s nothing new to add.
- Specificity : A good topic isn’t too broad; it’s specific enough to be manageable within the scope of your paper or project. For instance, “Climate Change” is too broad, but “The Impact of Climate Change on Coastal Ecosystems in Florida” narrows the focus.
- Arguable : A good thesis topic invites debate. It isn’t a statement of fact but presents a claim or perspective that can be supported or challenged with evidence.
- Originality : While it’s challenging to find a completely untouched topic, your approach, perspective, or specific focus should bring some level of originality to the subject.
- Personal Interest : While often overlooked, it’s crucial to choose a topic you’re passionate about. Your enthusiasm will reflect in your writing and make the research process more engaging.
- Scope : The topic should be feasible in terms of the length of your paper or project. A Ph.D. dissertation will have a broader scope than a short essay, for instance.
What is an Example of Good Thesis Statement Topic?
- It is relevant given the widespread concern about teen mental health in the age of social media.
- It is specific , focusing on the connection between social media use and particular mental health issues among teens.
- It is arguable , as some might believe that social media has positive effects or that its impact is negligible.
- It has a researchable basis , as many studies have explored this connection in recent years.
- It invites the writer to present evidence on each of the aspects mentioned: peer comparison, beauty standards, and cyberbullying.
100 Thesis Statement Topics and Examples
- The Impact of Social Media on Mental Health : Pervasive use of social media correlates with heightened feelings of depression, anxiety, and loneliness.
- The Benefits of Renewable Energy : Renewable energy sources offer a sustainable solution to the global energy crisis.
- The Historical Analysis of the Feminist Movement : The evolution of feminism has drastically challenged societal norms, advocating for equality.
- Modern Architecture and Sustainability : Contemporary architectural practices are increasingly integrating sustainability, emphasizing eco-friendly designs.
- The Economic Impact of E-commerce : E-commerce platforms have revolutionized consumer behavior and reshaped global economic dynamics.
- The Role of Artificial Intelligence in Modern Healthcare : AI has the potential to revolutionize healthcare, from diagnostics to patient care.
- The Cultural Influence of Renaissance Art : Renaissance art provided a foundation that has profoundly influenced Western aesthetics and cultural expressions.
- The Consequences of Globalization on Local Cultures : While globalization has spurred economic growth, it also threatens the integrity of local cultures.
- The Impact of Childhood Trauma on Adult Relationships : Early traumatic experiences can deeply affect adult relational patterns and attachments.
- The Future of Space Exploration : Advancements in technology and space research may soon make interstellar travel a reality for humanity.
- The Influences of Pop Culture on Youth : Pop culture significantly influences youth behaviors, beliefs, and aspirations.
- Effects of Urbanization on Biodiversity : Rapid urban expansion can lead to habitat fragmentation and a decline in biodiversity.
- The Historical Importance of Shakespeare’s Works : Shakespeare’s literary contributions have had a profound impact on English literature and drama.
- Impacts of Vegan Diets on Health : Adopting a vegan diet can offer health benefits and reduce the risk of chronic diseases.
- The Ethical Implications of Cloning : Cloning, while scientifically possible, raises myriad ethical and moral concerns.
- The Psychological Effects of Prolonged Screen Time : Excessive exposure to screens can lead to mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression.
- The Sustainability of Fast Fashion : The fast fashion industry faces scrutiny for its environmental impact and unsustainable practices.
- The Role of Play in Early Childhood Development : Play is essential for cognitive, physical, and emotional development in early childhood.
- Effects of Deforestation on Indigenous Communities : Deforestation not only harms the environment but also displaces and affects indigenous communities.
- The Future of Cryptocurrencies : Cryptocurrencies may redefine traditional economic systems, offering more decentralized and transparent monetary operations.
- The Role of Microfinance in Empowering Women : Microfinance initiatives have the potential to uplift women economically and socially in developing nations.
- Impact of Fast Food on Public Health : Excessive consumption of fast food contributes significantly to global health issues like obesity and heart diseases.
- Evolution of Digital Media and its Effects on Traditional Journalism : The rise of digital media challenges traditional journalistic practices while offering more democratized information dissemination.
- The Historical Roots of Racism in Modern Society : Present-day racial biases and prejudices can be traced back to centuries-old practices and beliefs.
- The Ethics of Animal Testing in Medical Research : Animal testing, while advancing medical science, poses significant ethical dilemmas.
- Blockchain Beyond Cryptocurrency : The potential of blockchain extends beyond cryptocurrencies, offering solutions in sectors like healthcare, finance, and supply chain management.
- Impact of Augmented Reality on Modern Education : Augmented reality can revolutionize education, offering interactive and immersive learning experiences.
- The Societal Implications of Universal Basic Income : Implementing a Universal Basic Income could address inequality but poses significant economic challenges.
- Gentrification and its Effects on Urban Communities : Gentrification, while revitalizing urban areas, often displaces long-standing communities and erodes local cultures.
- Impact of Climate Change on Global Migration : Escalating climate change effects are becoming a key driver in global migration patterns.
- Historical Analysis of The Olympic Games : The Olympics, beyond a sporting event, reflects global political, cultural, and societal shifts.
- The Role of Genetics in Personality Development : Genetics, combined with environmental factors, play a crucial role in shaping individual personalities.
- The Ethics of Artificial Intelligence in Warfare : The integration of AI in military strategies raises concerns over accountability and ethics in warfare.
- Impact of Nuclear Energy on Global Power Dynamics : Nuclear energy, as a power source and weapon, significantly influences global geopolitics.
- The Transformation of Retail in the Age of E-commerce : The digital revolution is reshaping the traditional retail landscape, emphasizing the importance of online presence.
- Cultural Interpretations of Dreams Across Civilizations : Dreams have been interpreted in various ways across cultures, reflecting societal beliefs and values.
- The Influence of Greek Philosophy on Western Thought : Greek philosophers laid the foundational ideas and principles that have influenced Western academic and societal thought.
- The Role of Gut Health in Overall Wellbeing : Emerging research suggests that gut health is pivotal to overall physical and mental wellbeing.
- Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Modern Art : Modern art often mirrors psychoanalytic concepts, offering a window into the subconscious mind of society.
- Effects of Parenting Styles on Child Development : Different parenting approaches can have varied outcomes on the emotional and psychological development of children
- Urban Planning and its Impact on Community Well-being : Efficient urban planning is essential to ensure sustainable, healthy, and integrated communities.
- The Influence of Classical Music on Cognitive Development : Exposure to classical music during early years can enhance cognitive abilities in children.
- Economic Impacts of Tourism in Developing Countries : Tourism, while being a significant revenue source, can sometimes strain resources and alter local cultures in developing nations.
- The Psychological Underpinnings of Procrastination : Procrastination, more than just laziness, often stems from deep-seated fears and anxieties.
- Migration Patterns and their Effects on Global Economies : Contemporary migration patterns, driven by various factors, significantly influence both source and destination economies.
- The Significance of Quantum Mechanics in Modern Technology : Quantum mechanics forms the backbone of many advanced technological innovations today.
- The Cultural and Historical Roots of Meditation Practices : Meditation, now global, has diverse historical and cultural origins, offering varied practices and philosophies.
- Ethical Implications of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) : While GMOs promise improved yield and resilience, they raise concerns about biodiversity, health, and corporate control over food sources.
- The Renaissance and its Impact on Modern Thought : The Renaissance era, marked by renewed interest in arts and sciences, has deeply influenced modern intellectual and cultural paradigms.
- Post-colonial Literature and its Exploration of Identity and Nationhood : Post-colonial literature delves deep into themes of identity, nationhood, and the lingering impacts of colonization.
- The Role of Coral Reefs in Marine Ecosystems : Coral reefs, while covering a minor fraction of the ocean floor, play a pivotal role in marine biodiversity and ecosystem health.
- Impact of Biotechnology on Modern Medicine : Advanced biotechnological approaches have heralded a new era in diagnostics, treatment, and patient care.
- The Philosophical Foundations of Democracy : Democracy, as a governance model, is rooted in ancient philosophical ideals about freedom, equality, and representation.
- Technological Innovations and their Influence on Social Interactions : The digital age, while connecting the world, also alters the nature and depth of personal interactions.
- The Evolution and Influence of Jazz in Global Music : Originating from African-American communities, jazz has evolved and permeated various music genres worldwide.
- Historical Perspectives on Pandemics and their Societal Impact : Past pandemics, like the Black Death or Spanish Flu, have reshaped societies, economies, and cultures.
- Neuroscientific Insights into Meditation and Mindfulness : Modern neuroscience reveals how meditation and mindfulness practices alter brain structures and enhance mental well-being.
- The Ecological and Economic Significance of Wetlands : Wetlands, beyond their biodiversity, play a critical role in flood control, water purification, and carbon sequestration.
- Effects of Pesticides on Bee Populations and Agriculture : Declining bee populations due to pesticides threaten not only biodiversity but also global food supply chains.
- The Exploration of Space: Philosophical Implications and Possibilities : Venturing into space raises profound questions about human existence, destiny, and our place in the cosmos
- The Dynamics of Workplace Culture in the Digital Age : Remote work and digital communication tools are reshaping traditional workplace norms and interactions.
- Historical Analysis of Economic Crises and their Social Impacts : Economic downturns, from the Great Depression to recent recessions, profoundly impact societal structures and individual lives.
- The Role of Forests in Climate Change Mitigation : Forests act as crucial carbon sinks, playing a vital role in global efforts to combat climate change.
- Cognitive and Social Benefits of Bilingualism : Mastering two or more languages can enhance cognitive flexibility and foster cross-cultural understanding.
- Modern Robotics and Ethical Considerations : As robots assume more roles in society, ethical concerns about autonomy, job displacement, and human-machine relationships intensify.
- The Socio-cultural Influence of Latin American Literature : Latin American literature offers rich insights into regional histories, cultures, and identities, influencing global literary thought.
- Evolution of Feminist Movements in the 21st Century : Contemporary feminist movements, like #MeToo, reflect evolving dialogues on gender equality and women’s rights in modern society.
- The Importance of Mangroves in Coastal Ecosystems : Mangroves provide critical protection against coastal erosion, serve as breeding grounds for marine life, and aid in carbon sequestration.
- The Interplay of Politics and Media in Modern Democracies : In the digital era, media plays an increasingly influential role in shaping political discourse and public opinion.
- Exploring the Mysteries of Dark Matter and Dark Energy : These enigmatic components of the universe challenge our understanding of physics and the nature of reality.
- Evolving Norms of Masculinity in Contemporary Culture : Modern discourses challenge traditional masculine norms, promoting more inclusive and diverse expressions of manhood.
- Artificial Intelligence in Financial Markets : AI’s predictive capabilities are revolutionizing trading strategies, risk management, and financial forecasting.
- Cultural Perspectives on Death and Afterlife : Societies worldwide offer diverse and profound interpretations of death, reflecting their spiritual, philosophical, and cultural mores.
- The Influence of African Music on Global Music Genres : From jazz to pop, African musical elements have enriched global music genres, fostering cross-cultural exchanges.
- The Therapeutic Potential of Psychedelics : Emerging research suggests psychedelics like psilocybin could offer breakthrough treatments for mental health disorders.
- The Changing Landscape of Book Publishing in the Digital Era : E-books, self-publishing, and digital platforms are redefining the traditional publishing industry’s contours.
- The Role of Microorganisms in Human Health : Beyond pathogens, beneficial microorganisms play a pivotal role in digestion, immunity, and overall health.
- Sustainability Practices in Modern Agriculture : Amid climate change and population growth, sustainable farming practices are crucial for food security and ecological balance.
- The Impact of Colonialism on Contemporary Art in Africa : Colonial legacies influence themes, motifs, and narratives in modern African art.
- Economic Implications of Aging Populations : As populations age, economies face challenges in pension systems, healthcare costs, and workforce dynamics
- The Transformation of Cinema in the Age of Streaming Platforms : With platforms like Netflix and Disney+, the traditional movie-going experience and film distribution are undergoing dramatic shifts.
- The Role of Play in Child Cognitive Development : Engaging in unstructured play is pivotal for fostering creativity, problem-solving skills, and emotional intelligence in children.
- Cybersecurity in the Era of Internet of Things (IoT) : As devices become interconnected, there’s an escalating need for robust cybersecurity measures to prevent data breaches.
- The Culinary Journey: How Food Connects Cultures : Global cuisines offer a sensory exploration into the histories, traditions, and narratives of diverse cultures.
- Ecotourism’s Impact on Local Communities : While ecotourism promotes sustainable travel, its effects on local cultures and economies can be multifaceted.
- Modern Architecture’s Dialogue with Nature : Contemporary architectural practices emphasize sustainability, eco-friendliness, and harmony with the natural environment.
- The Psychological Dynamics of Social Media Addiction : The design of social platforms taps into psychological needs for validation and connection, leading to potential overuse and addiction.
- Green Technologies in Urban Transportation : Embracing green tech, like electric buses and bikes, can transform urban mobility and reduce environmental footprints.
- The Intersections of Religion and Politics in Modern Democracies : In many nations, religious beliefs and practices continue to shape political ideologies and policy-making.
- Role of Quantum Computing in Future Technologies : Quantum computing promises to revolutionize sectors like cryptography, drug discovery, and artificial intelligence by offering unparalleled computational power.
- Impact of Climate Change on Ancient Civilizations : Archaeological and paleoclimatic evidence suggests that past climate shifts influenced the rise and fall of ancient empires.
- Modern Art Movements and their Social Commentaries : Art movements like surrealism or abstract expressionism offer insights into societal dynamics, aspirations, and anxieties of their times.
- The Ethics and Implications of Human Cloning : While human cloning remains a controversial topic, it poses profound ethical, social, and scientific challenges and possibilities.
- Migration and its Influence on Global Cuisine : Migrant communities introduce and blend culinary traditions, leading to the evolution of global foodscapes.
- The Power Dynamics in Linguistic Colonization : Language imposition during colonial eras affected indigenous cultures, influencing identity, communication, and power structures.
- Sustainable Fashion: Necessity in the Age of Consumerism : The fashion industry, a significant pollutant, is witnessing a shift towards sustainable practices in production and consumption.
- E-sports: The Rise of Competitive Video Gaming : E-sports, once a niche hobby, has evolved into a global phenomenon with significant economic and cultural impacts.
- The Role of Mythology in Shaping Cultural Identities : Myths, legends, and folklore play a crucial role in forming collective identities, moral codes, and worldviews.
- Advances in Renewable Energy and their Global Impacts : As the world shifts away from fossil fuels, renewable energy technologies promise a cleaner, sustainable future.
- Digital Privacy Rights in the Age of Surveillance Capitalism : With tech giants monetizing user data, there’s a pressing need to address digital privacy rights and data protection.
Thesis Statement Topics and Examples for College
- Influence of College Extracurriculars on Career Paths : Participation in college clubs and societies often aligns with and influences career trajectories, enhancing professional networks and skills.
- Mental Health Concerns in College Students : Rising academic pressures and transitional life phases exacerbate mental health issues among college students.
- Impact of Study Abroad Programs on Cultural Understanding : Immersing in foreign academic environments fosters cultural empathy and broadens worldviews.
- The Role of College Advisors in Academic Success : Effective guidance from academic advisors can significantly impact students’ career decisions and academic achievements.
- Online Learning vs. Traditional Classroom Experiences in College : As e-learning gains momentum, its efficacy compared to conventional classroom instruction becomes a pivotal discussion point.
- College Athletes and Compensation Debates : The controversy surrounding financial compensation for college athletes given the revenue they generate is multi-faceted.
- The Relevance of College Degrees in Modern Job Markets : As skill-based hiring gains traction, the actual value of a college degree in certain industries comes under scrutiny.
- College Campuses and Sustainability Initiatives : Modern colleges play a crucial role in promoting sustainable practices, becoming epicenters for green initiatives.
- Influence of Social Media on College Social Dynamics : Platforms like Instagram or Snapchat shape social hierarchies, interpersonal relationships, and perceptions of self among college students.
- Debt Crisis and College Tuitions : The ballooning student loan debt in relation to rising college tuitions is a major socioeconomic concern.
3 Point Thesis Statement Topics & Examples
- Digitalization, Environment, and Job Markets : Digital transformation leads to environmental conservation through paperless operations but simultaneously poses threats to traditional job roles.
- Diet, Exercise, and Mental Well-being : A balanced diet combined with regular exercise not only ensures physical health but also promotes mental well-being.
- Literature, History, and Cultural Identity : Literary works capture historical contexts, reflecting and shaping the cultural identity of societies across eras.
- Solar Energy: Efficiency, Economy, and Environment : Solar energy presents benefits in operational efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and environmental preservation.
- Youth, Technology, and Social Change : The youth, empowered by technological innovations, are the vanguards of social transformations and revolutions.
Controversial Topics & Examples of Thesis Statements
- Legalization of Recreational Marijuana : While proponents highlight medical benefits and potential tax revenues, critics point to potential health risks and societal concerns.
- Euthanasia and Right to Die : The debate around euthanasia encompasses moral, legal, and individual autonomy aspects.
- Genetic Engineering in Humans : The promise of eliminating genetic diseases is tempered by ethical concerns over “designer babies” and unforeseen genetic consequences.
- State Surveillance vs. Individual Privacy : While state surveillance is justified as a security measure, it often clashes with individual rights to privacy.
- Animal Testing in Medical Research : The pursuit of medical advancements often comes at the cost of animal welfare, sparking ethical debates.
Debatable Topics & Examples of Thesis Statements
- Universal Basic Income as an Economic Equalizer : While UBI promises to address income inequality, questions arise regarding its feasibility and potential economic repercussions.
- Space Exploration vs. Earth Conservation : As space exploration advances, debates ensue about prioritizing cosmic endeavors over pressing terrestrial environmental concerns.
- Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Human Employment : The rise of AI brings about concerns over job displacements and the future of human work.
- Vegetarianism and its Environmental Impact : Shifting towards plant-based diets promises environmental benefits, but its global feasibility and nutritional implications remain topics of debate.
- Single-gender Schools and Academic Performance : While some argue single-gender schools foster better academic environments, critics see them as perpetuating gender stereotypes.
Education Topics & Thesis Statement Examples
- Early Childhood Education and Cognitive Development : Formative early education significantly influences cognitive growth, setting the stage for future academic success.
- Standardized Testing and its Implications on Learning : Over-reliance on standardized tests can sometimes overshadow holistic learning, emphasizing rote memorization.
- Digital Tools in Modern Classrooms : The integration of digital platforms and tools in classrooms offers interactive learning experiences but also presents challenges in maintaining engagement.
- Inclusion of Life Skills in School Curriculums : Beyond traditional subjects, life skills education prepares students for real-world challenges, fostering emotional intelligence and practical acumen.
- Teacher Training and Student Outcomes : Effective teacher training programs directly influence classroom dynamics and, consequently, student performance outcomes.
How do you write a topic thesis statement?
- Identify Your Topic : Begin by clearly defining what you’ll be discussing or analyzing.
- Clarify Your Opinion or Position : What do you want to say about the topic? Your thesis should not merely state a fact, but it should announce your position on the topic.
- Make it Specific : A broad or vague thesis statement will be hard to defend. Ensure your statement is detailed enough to give your readers a clear sense of your argument.
- Ensure It’s Arguable : A thesis statement should be something people could reasonably have differing opinions on. If no one could possibly disagree with your thesis, you might not be presenting a strong enough argument.
- Keep It Concise : Your thesis should be one or two sentences long. If it’s too long or complicated, you might lose your readers.
- Revise As Necessary : As you write and research, your perspective might change. Revisit and revise your thesis statement as necessary.
How do you choose a Topic for Thesis Statement?
- Interest : Choose a topic that genuinely interests you. It makes the research and writing process more engaging.
- Relevance : Ensure the topic is relevant to your assignment or the subject you’re studying.
- Research Scope : Ensure there’s enough information available to support your thesis. Preliminary research can help gauge this.
- Originality : Opt for a fresh perspective or a less explored aspect of a common topic.
- Specificity : Rather than a broad topic, narrow it down to a specific issue or question. This helps in creating a focused argument.
- Seek Feedback : Discuss potential topics with peers, instructors, or advisors to get their input.
What is a thesis statement with 3 topics?
Tips for selecting a topic for thesis statement:.
- Stay Curious : Your enthusiasm for a topic will shine through in your writing. Choose something that you’re curious about.
- Consider the Length : If it’s a longer paper, ensure the topic has enough depth to explore. Conversely, for a shorter paper, avoid topics that are too expansive.
- Check Credibility : Ensure that the sources available for your topic are credible and varied.
- Avoid Overly Polarizing Topics : While controversial topics can be intriguing, they can also be challenging. Ensure you’re comfortable navigating both sides of the argument.
- Test Your Topic : Try writing a preliminary thesis statement or an introduction. If you struggle, the topic might be too broad or too narrow.
- Stay Updated : If you’re choosing a current event or a recent development in your field, stay updated with the latest news or research related to it.
- Brainstorm : Write down all potential topics and narrow them down based on interest, relevance, and feasibility.
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101 Thesis Statement Examples
The biggest thing to remember when writing a thesis statement is that it has to present a point of view .
Too often, my students present thesis statements that are vague and don’t present an argument or perspective.
E.g. this is a bad statement that I often see presented as thesis Statements:
- “Climate Change and Rising Temperatures”
This is a topic, not a thesis statement. But I see it far too often. Instead, you’ll want to present a perspective that you’ll defend in your piece, e.g:
- “Cliimate change will cause a mass refugee crisis by 2050.”
Below, I’ll present 101 thesis statement examples. Look through them for inspiration, then at the end of this article, take a look at my checklist of suggestions for using your thesis statement in a dissertation or essay.
Thesis Statement Examples
Thesis statements for persuasive essays.
- Animal Rights: “Animals in captivity have innate rights, including the right to regularly live outside of cages and the right to be free from abuse.”
- School Uniforms Bad : “School uniforms should be banned in all schools because they restrict individuality and free expression.”
- School Uniforms Good : “School uniforms are good because they teach young people the importance of following rules and dressing appropriately.”
- Climate Change: “Mitigating climate change effects is the responsibility of all individuals, who should take active steps to decrease their environmental footprints.”
- Class Sizes: “Class sizes in schools should never exceed 23, so that all children get sufficient time with their teacher.”
- Health Foods: “Goods and services taxes should not be applied to health foods in order to make them more accessible to all, while sugar taxes should be implemented to discourage sugar consumption.”
- Urban Housing: “All new urban housing should be built for low-cost housing, and elite or expensive housing developments should be banned.”
- Physical Education: “Physical education should be mandatory in schools at all grade levels because it has a positive effect not only on health, but also social skills required in the 21st Century.”
- Reading Habits: “Parents should set the standard of reading daily by reading in front of their children, rather than simply by telling their students to go to their rooms and read.”
- Public Libraries: “Public libraries should receive increased funding because they act as important community hubs, especially for the poor and disadvantaged.”
Thesis Statements for High School Topics
- Literature: “In Harper Lee’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ the moral development that Jem and Scout experience is a direct result of their ability to develop empathy across racial lines.”
- History: “The fall of the Roman Empire can be attributed to no single cause, but rather should attributed to three main factors: internal disputes, economic decline, and barbarian raids.”
- Social Media: “Adults’ moralistic concerns about children’s social media use is undermined by the fact most adults are more addicted to the internet than their children.”
- Education: “Online education is not as good for society as in-person education because it does not equip young people with real-life interpersonal skills.”
- Climate Change: “Climate change is an unstoppable force and any efforts to mitigate its effects are too little, too late.”
- Artificial Intelligence Good: “Our society is currently experiencing an unjustified moral panic about AI, which will actually improve humans’ lives by creating greater efficiency and productivity, coupled with lower prices for consumers.”
- Artificial Intelligence Bad: “The rise of AI tools will lead to mass layoffs and a greater economic divide between the haves and have-nots.”
- Music: “The evolution of rap music since its emergence in the 1980s, and especially its incorporation into the mainstream, represents another victory for civil rights and the recognition of African Americans to American culture .”
- Sports: “The greatest benefit from youth sports is not necessarily physical health, but rather soft skills like leadership , teamwork, and self-esteem that are learned during gameplay.
- Digital Divide: “Today’s extensive use of technology into classrooms, while helping to create a more interactive and gamified learning environment, has also had a negative effect on equality of opportunities and outcomes due to disparities in student access to technology.”
Thesis Statements for Psychology Topics
- Childhood Trauma: “Trauma in childhood is a major cause of long-term mental health problems and comes with extreme social costs, and therefore, early intervention should become the key focus for young people immediately after traumatic events.”
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: “Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) should be a core therapeutic strategy for all counselors and therapists due to the extensive evidence of its positive effects on the most common mental health issues facaed today.”
- Effects of Sleep Deprivation: “Chronic sleep deprivation, a key driver or physical and mental health issues, as well as long-term health, is exacerbated by social and cultural factors such as long work hours and the hustle culture.
- Social Media and Mental Health: “The use of social media amongst teens should be more heavily regulated in order to decrease incidences of mental health issues between the ages of 12 and 25.”
- Mindfulness Meditation: “Mindfulness meditation has shown promise as a tool in reducing stress and improving mental clarity, with potential implications for treating mood disorders.”
- Influence of Parenting Styles: “The helicopter parenting style leads to poorer academic, interpersonal, and social outcomes than authoritative parenting.
- Nature vs. Nurture: “In understanding human behavior, both nature and nurture have an effect on a person’s actions, but nature is the factor over which we have the most control.”
- Habituation: “Habituation to irrelevant stimuli is an essential skill for psychological development in middle childhood.
- Music Therapy: “Music therapy can provide emotional and psychological benefits for students studying for exams.”
- Cognitive Development: “Piaget’s theory of cognitive development fails to account for differences in the development of language and critical thinking skills across cultural divides.
Thesis Statements for Sociology Topics
- Income Inequality: “The widening income gap between the top 10% and the rest of Americans is a direct result of three decades of neoliberal economic policies designed to favor overall wealth creation at the expense of shared prosperity.”
- Gender Roles: “Gender is/is not a social construct reproduced through media and parenting.
- Ethnic Enclaves: “Ethnic enclaves in major cities is a natural result of immigrants gravitating toward others who share their language and culture, and therefore can provide support during times of integration.”
- Globalization Bad: “Globalization has been a net negative in society due to the dilution of local identities around the world.”
- Globalization Good: “While globalization has displaced many people around the world, its net benefit has been the rise of the middle-class in developing nations, a period of unprecedented peace, and greater opportunities for all.”
- Education Inequality: “The key driver of economic inequality is the disintegration of trust between parents and the educational establishment.”
- Social Media: “Social media algorithms are directly responsible for greater political polarization and the rise of authoritarianism.”
- Crime and Society: “Crime tends to occur as a result of lack of opportunity, meaning greater job opportunities in disadvantaged areas will be the best approach for reducing crime rates in society.”
- Immigration: “While immigration has caused some social tension throughout the past decades, it has on balance both enricheed the cultural fabric of society and increased overall prosperity.”
- Environmental Sociology: “The environmental crisis, as a societal issue, is intrinsically linked with economic practices, consumption patterns, and power structures.”
- Moral Panic: “The supposed threats posed by migrants is simply an example of moral panic that is experienced by every generation.”
Thesis Statements for Nursing Topics
- Palliative Care: “Palliative care is essential not only for the health of patients but as a moral imperative for a compassionate society.”
- Patient Safety: “Governments should control, regulate, and police rising safety standards in healthcare institutions for the protection of the entire population.”
- Bedside Manner: “The most important skill for a healthcare practitioner is the soft skill of compassion for patients.”
- Nurse Shortages: “The current nursing shortage is not a result of an aging workforce but in fact a direct result of poor wages and workplace conditions.”
- Mental Health Nursing: “Mental health nurses need to take on an educational role when it comes to changing societal beliefs about mental health conditions.”
- Nursing Leadership: “Strong nursing leadership positively influences patient outcomes because it leads to a more cohesive team environment and more motivated staff.”
- Evidence-based Practice : “Evidence-based practice in nursing should be at the center of a nurse’s activities, and nurses should consistently reflect on whether their beliefs are based on evidence or anecdote.”
- Technology in Nursing: “The integration of technology in nursing, while increasing efficiency and accuracy, also raises ethical considerations regarding patient privacy and data security.”
- Health Promotion: “Health promotion is a significant aspect of nursing practice, which empowers individuals to take control of their health and reduce health disparities.”
- Cultural Competency: “Cultural competency in nursing is essential for ensuring people of diverse cultural backgrounds are willing to seek out help at early stages of illness.”
- Nurse Burnout: “Nurse burnout, characterized by emotional exhaustion and depersonalization, is directly causing poorer outcomes for patients and, therefore, should be addressed as a social health concern rather than simply a workplace and wages dispute.”
Thesis Statements for Education Topics
- Standardized Testing: “Standardized testing should be immediately stopped due to its inability to accurately assess critical and creative thinking, and the amount of stress it causes among children.
- Digital Learning: “Digital learning is a positive move in education because it opens the door to more differentiated and personalized learning experiences for children.”
- Bilingual Education: “Bilingual education should be compulsory in all primary schools because it improves cognitive and social skills and also promotes cultural diversity and inclusion .
- Teacher Training: “ Continuous professional development for teachers is essential for adapting to educational trends, improving teaching strategies , and ultimately improving educational outcomes.
- School Starting Later: “A later start to school will allow teenagers to sleep in for longer, which in turn will lead to less fatigue and higher test scores.”
- School Starting Earlier: “If school started earlier and ended earlier, students would have more daytime to engage in extracurricular activities, which will in-turn improve children’s holistic development.:
- Four-Day School Week: “A four-day school week will allow for greater productivity while also allowing sufficient time for children to rest and recover during the 3-day weekends.”
- Education Funding: “The disparity in education funding between low-income and affluent districts contributes to systemic inequities and is an explainer for diverging outcomes.”
- Early Childhood Education: “The best way to improve overall outcomes (educational, health, and holistic) is to implement free and compulsory early childhood education from Age 3.”
- Homework: “Homework is bad for student development because it prevents young people from pursuing hobbies, spending time outdoors, and recovering from long school days.”
- Hidden Curriculum: “Schools should actively engage in a ‘hidden curriculum’ by promoting nationalistic values, obedience to authority, and interpersonal respect.”
Thesis Statements for Business Studies Topics
- Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Bad: “Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) gets in the way of efficient and productive business practices and, on balance, does little to improve social and environmental outcomes.”
- Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Good: “Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) should be mandatory for all businesses as it ensures humane practices within a capitalist framework.”
- Business Ethics: “Ethical business practices is not only the moral behaior, but also good business practice, because it contributes to a positive brand reputation and can even allow a company to command a higher market rate for their goods and services.”
- Entrepreneurship: “Entrepreneurship is the core of prosperity and job creation, and therefore, entrepreneurs should not face excessive taxes if they find success in the marketplace.”
- Workplace Diversity: “Workplace diversity enhances business performance by fostering creativity, innovation, and broader perspectives, leading to improved problem-solving and decision-making.”
- Marketing Strategy: “Digital marketing is the future of client acquisition because it allows for better targeting than traditional marketing strategies.”
- Leadership Styles: “Transformational leadership is a superior leadership model to the great man theory because its focus is on the team rather than the leader.
- Globalization: “The breaking-down of trade tariffs throughout the past 40 years has been the greatest driver of economic growth in all of human history.”
- Supply Chain Management: “When a business reaches a certain size, its greatest opportunity for decreasing costs is through improving logistics and diversifying its supply chain.”
- Environmental Stewardship: “All businesses carry a moral responsibility to strive toward a net positive impact on the environment.”
Thesis Statements for Economics Topics
- Financial Crisis: “The 2008 financial crisis, a result of lax regulation and risky financial practices, highlighted the need for a more robust and transparent financial system.”
- Economic Impact of Climate Change: “Climate change should be addressed not only due to its potential social impact, but because it is the greatest long-term threat to current economic systems.”
- Healthcare Economics: “While free markets are usually the best way to deliver goods and services, a universal healthcare model may in fact lead to lower costs due to the unique bureaucratic problems in open healthcare markets.”
- Fiscal Policy: “Proactive fiscal policy plays a crucial role in stabilizing the economy during economic downturns and promoting long-term growth.”
- Behavioral Economics: “Behavioral economics continues to be the most important branch of economics because it effectively explains how economic levers can cause widespread social change.”
- Gig Economy: “The gig economy has had a positive effect on society because it allows all individuals to act as entrepreneurs, fill gaps in the market, and find work without having to apply for a job in a traditional company.”
- Economics of Education: “Every dollar of education investment is worthwhile, because it pays strong dividends in terms of future economic output and social opportunities to all..”
Thesis Statements for Communications and Journalism Topics
- Social Media Good: “Social media platforms have had the greatest positive impact on democracy of any technology, because they allow for citizen journalism and skirting around the elite gatekeepers.”
- Social Media Bad : “The spread of fake news in the digital age is the greatest threat to democracy, which is why schools need now more than ever to teach critical and logical thinking skills.”
- Crisis Communication: “While crisis communication is not a skill needed every day in a communications job, when it is needed, it’s the most important skill for a communication studies major to have.”
- Journalistic Ethics: “Anybody posting online, including on blogs or social media, should have the responsibility to follow journalistic ethics, including the obligation for truthfulness, fairness, and objectivity.”
- Media Representation: “Media representation has historically been exclusionary, and as a result, large media companies carry a social responsibility to implement on-screen diversity quotas.”
- Storytelling: “Above logical arguments (logos), storytelling and an appeal to emotions (pathos) is the most effective way to spread a message and convince an audience of an argument..”
- Media Convergence: “Media convergence, characterized by the integration of different media platforms, is the greatest opportunity yet for media companies to reach a wide and diverse audience.”
- Audience Capture: “While digital media has allowed for greater feedback from audiences, the phenomenon of audience capture (where broadcasters change their message to meet the desires of audience) is overall bad for truth in journalism.”
- Freedom of the Press : “Freedom of the press is the most essential vehicle for ensuring a free and democratic society because it allows for a fully-informed citizenry.”
- Groupthink : “Social media leads to greater amounts of group think than traditional mass media ever did.
Thesis Statements for History Topics
- Treaty of Versailles: “If the Treaty of Versailles set the conditions for WWII, then the main lesson from the Treaty was that the victors should be graceful in their victory and focus on shared reconstruction rather than excessive punishment.”
- Civil Rights Movement: “The Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s led to the greatest and most rapid expansion of access to natural rights in human history.”
- Fall of the Roman Empire: “The fall of the Roman Empire was a complex event influenced by a confluence of factors, including political instability, economic crisis, and external invasions.”
- Lessons from History: “While history does not repeat, it does rhyme.”
- Colonialism: “The effects of colonialism are still felt today in colonized nations, and reparations should be made.”
- Technology: “History shows that technological inventions tend to be the catalysts for rapid social change .”
Thesis Statements for Engineering Topics
- Renewable Energy Technologies: “Climate change cannot be solved by taxation, but must be solved by renewable energy innovations.”
- Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Engineering: “The integration of artificial intelligence in engineering will help to significantly optimize design processes, leading to more affordable and higher-quality engineering products.”
- Bioengineering: “Bioengineering will dramatically improve both the length and quality of life in the next 30 years.”
- Engineering Ethics: “Engineering ethics, which encompass responsibility, integrity, and respect for the public and the environment, are integral for ensuring the safety and well-being of society.”
- Structural Engineering: “In the face of increasing climate change threats, structural engineering must adapt to incorporate resilience against natural disasters in infrastructure design.”
Checklist: How to use your Thesis Statement
- Position: A thesis statement takes a clear stance on a topic, presenting an argument rather than just stating a fact.
- Specificity: It addresses a specific aspect of the topic, providing focus for the essay.
- Conciseness: Typically, a thesis statement is one to two sentences long. It should be concise, clear, and easily identifiable.
- Arguable: The claim made in a thesis statement should be something that could be disagreed with or debated.
- Direction: The thesis statement guides the direction of the essay, providing a roadmap for the argument.
- Evidence-based: While the thesis statement itself doesn’t include evidence, it sets up an argument that can be supported with evidence in the body of the essay.
- Placement: Generally, the thesis statement is placed at the end of the introduction of an essay.
There’s a lot to think about when coming up with your thesis statement. If you can’t come up with one yet, and you know the topic you need to cover, I’d recommend doing some background reading on the topic and let the data inform your thesis (which is how the true academic researchers do it!). If you’re writing an academic dissertation, you’d want to come up with the thesis statement after you have conducted your literature review. And for that, read my guide on literature reviews.
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It’s a well-established fact that thesis documents require extreme levels of research and dedication. But, when it comes to choosing a topic for your thesis, it is far from being an easy task as well!
If your supervisor hasn’t assigned you a thesis topic, you can get valuable help from this blog. With thesis ideas ranging from education to diverse fields of study, you can pick the topic perfect topic for thesis writing.
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Thesis Topics for Students
We’ll start with a comprehensive list of thesis ideas for students, then move on to topics for multiple fields.
Thesis Topics for College Students
- Exploring the psychological effects of student loan debt on college graduates
- The challenges and opportunities of globalization
- The role of education and social mobility in reducing inequality
- The impact of immigration on the economy and society
- The potential of new technologies to improve healthcare outcomes
- The impact of online learning on student engagement and achievement
- What is the role of artificial intelligence in business decision-making?
- High school bullying and its long-term effects on mental health and social adjustment
- The challenges and opportunities of diversity and inclusion in education
- The impact of early childhood education on long-term success
Senior Thesis Topics
- The industrial revolution has increased the gap between the rich and the poor. How?
- What are the effects of global warming on the world’s population?
- Feminism is becoming as bad as racism. How?
- The relationship between social media usage and perceptions of loneliness
- The long-term effects of income inequality on economic growth
- Placement by age vs. placement by academic ability. Which should be preferred?
- How have viruses such as HIV-AIDS, affected the African economy?
- What are the common sleep disorders and their treatments?
- Using animals for sports and entertainment: Is it legal or illegal?
- Discuss Trump’s “America First” trade and foreign policy.
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Bachelor Thesis Topics
- The impact of E-Sports on traditional sports and the future of competitive gaming
- The economics of renewable energy transition: Case study of Germany
- The influence of music on cognitive performance and productivity in the workplace
- The influence of social media on political movements and activism
- The ethical implications of gene editing technologies: A case study on CRISPR-Cas9
- Urban green spaces and their impact on mental health: A case study of Singapore
- The relationship between smartphone use and sleep quality in young adults
- Investigating the psychological factors influencing consumer brand loyalty
- Cybersecurity threats and mitigation strategies for small and medium-sized enterprises
- The impact of video games on cognitive skills and problem-solving abilities in children
Masters Thesis Topics
- Discuss the relationship between literature and the political climate in the 18th century
- Explain the relationship between rational thinking and religion
- The Civil War is the greatest inspiration for art. Discuss the concept
- Gun violence in the USA during the 2010s: A comparative analysis
- Cyberbullying can lead to suicides - A case study of Australia
- Campus shootings in the USA: Discuss the causes and risk factors
- Labor markets in China: An in-depth analysis
- What are the impacts of global warming on weather conditions in Iceland?
- Explain the women's empowerment in Saudi Arabia in the 2000s
- Write a detailed comparison of the anti-nuclear movements in Germany and Japan
MBA Thesis Topics
- Discuss a case study of rural marketing projects.
- What are the impacts of reducing the retirement age in America?
- Mergers and acquisitions: Evaluating the factors contributing to success or failure
- How can the banking sector influence the economic growth of India?
- Analysis of global supply chain resilience in the post-pandemic business environment
- Online marketing on social media platforms is useful for small companies. How?
- Write a comparative study of organized trading in the USA and UK
- How is technical knowledge essential to make wise financial decisions?
- How can consumer purchases influence brand design?
- Explore the positive and negative impacts of mobile banking
PhD Thesis Topics
- What are the primary professors’ teaching patterns in China?
- Discuss the social benefits of same-sex marriages
- Discuss the legal issue of child labor in Third World countries.
- What is the positive impact of music therapy on patients with brain injuries?
- Explain the impacts of 9/11 on new policies against terrorism
- Discuss the marketing strategies used in political campaigns
- The US presence in Syria: Is it providing justice or violating the law?
- Elaborate on the preventive measures to fight obesity among teenagers.
- How to treat injuries in diabetic patients?
- What are the political and economic effects of Brexit on the UK?
Thesis Topics for Multiple Fields
Here are some interesting and easy to write thesis topics from multiple fields of study.
Thesis Topics in Education
- Special education policies in the USA: Are they effective or ineffective?
- Why is studying abroad a legitimate excuse for traveling?
- Strategies for supporting undergraduate students' transition to college life
- Family involvement has a direct impact on a child's performance. Discuss how?
- Why are students more likely to do the homework assigned by good-looking professors?
- Role of Parental Involvement in early childhood education for academic readiness
- Explain the development of emotional intelligence for modern education
- Informal learning in rural areas through social networks. Is it possible?
- Public school students interact at the same level as the other students. Is it true?
- How can reality television disempower students to some extent?
Thesis Topics in Healthcare
- How does increased physical activity promote healthy aging?
- The impact of telemedicine on healthcare access and quality
- Mental health stigma: Addressing barriers to seeking and receiving care
- How do Supervised Machine Learning models help in Breast Cancer diagnosis?
- Exploring the mental health implications of prolonged pandemic-related stress and isolation
- Innovations in remote patient monitoring for chronic disease management
- How can we improve the affordability of healthcare without sacrificing quality?
- Strategies for addressing the global burden of non-communicable diseases
- How can we use social media to promote health literacy and engagement?
- How can we use genomics to improve disease prevention and treatment?
Thesis Topics for Computer Science
- Quantum computing: The future of data processing and cryptography
- How does the feedback system in personnel management work?
- Describe the development of an automated workplace
- How can data be analyzed by using robust AI algorithms?
- Discuss the benefits of the development of a taxi service website
- The dark web: Anonymity, security, and law enforcement challenges
- Verification of webpage layouts. How is it beneficial?
- What are the impacts of mobile computing on global development?
- Big data analytics for predictive maintenance in IoT systems
- How can AI-assisted surveillance systems decrease mass school shootings in the US?
Architecture Thesis Topics
- How have religious buildings in the British Empire affected architecture?
- Discuss the role of architects in combating the impacts of climate change
- Why should we construct sustainable buildings for offices?
- Discuss a case study of small houses to solve homelessness
- Why should we develop public places in small cities?
- How can architecture revitalize urban areas sustainably?
- Are underwater hotels sustainable?
- Discuss the transformation of urban design in the 21st century
- How can we construct houses in developed countries with low income?
- How can architectural design create healing environments in healthcare facilities?
Thesis Topics for Interior Design
- Role of biophilic design in reducing stress and anxiety in workplaces
- Designing interior spaces for people with dementia
- The use of technology to create immersive and interactive interior experiences
- Design of interior spaces for future generations
- Impact of culture on prisons and other correctional facilities design
- Use of universal design to create inclusive restaurants and cafés
- Use of materials and finishes to create a sustainable and resilient built environment
- What is the impact of interior design on human performance?
- Creating inclusive and accessible interior spaces for people with disabilities
- What is the future of interior design in the age of climate change?
Thesis Topics for Textile Designing
- How to design textiles that are both aesthetically pleasing and functional?
- Environmental impact of textile design and how to reduce it
- How can textile design improve the performance of sportswear and activewear?
- Design a textile collection that is accessible and affordable for people with disabilities
- Develop a sustainable textile production process that reduces environmental impact
- Investigate the impact of textile design on consumer behavior
- Explore the use of sustainable materials in textile design
- Challenges and opportunities of new technologies in textile design
- Ethical implications of materials and production methods in textile design
- How can textile design reduce fashion waste and promote circularity?
Psychology Thesis Topics
- Why is emotional intelligence an important factor in professional satisfaction?
- The notion of the self – Is it a myth or reality?
- Evaluating the efficacy of Cognitive Behavioral
- Therapy in managing anxiety
- Self-efficacy and academic achievement: A longitudinal study of students
- A good IQ level can have long-term benefits for children. Discuss how?
- How are emotional disorders directly connected to social cognition?
- Analyze the relationship between emotional and episodic memory
- How can rational thinking allow us to make better decisions?
- How common is depression among homosexual teenagers?
- What are the psychological techniques to help obese teens?
Political Science Thesis Topics
- Compare the foreign policies of the US and the UK
- What were the causes of the American Revolution?
- How is religion used as a political power?
- What is the role of social movements in politics?
- Discuss the consequences of the Civil War
- Immigration policies and their impact on social cohesion and diversity
- The impact of campaign finance reform on political corruption
- What are the negotiation methods during wartime?
- Explain the difference between political and armed conflicts
- Give a detailed review of the Human Rights Act 1998
Thesis Topics for Law Students
- The role of international law in addressing global cybersecurity threats
- Human rights and refugee law: Analyzing the legal status of stateless individuals
- Legal aspects of intellectual property rights in the fashion industry
- Consumer protection laws in E-Commerce: Challenges and emerging trends
- How can we ensure that plea bargaining is used fairly and ethically?
- Examining the legal and ethical implications of genetic testing and genetic privacy
- The evolution of copyright law in the digital era: Balancing innovation and protection
- How has globalization changed the landscape of international law?
- What is the future of International Law in a world of increasing nationalism?
- The impact of race and ethnicity on criminal sentencing
International Relations Thesis Topics
- What is the impact of Russia’s intervention in Syria?
- Discuss the trade relations between India and Pakistan
- Discuss the impacts of the US sanctions on Iran
- Explain the reasons for OIC failure
- What is the US foreign policy towards North Korea?
- Critically analyze the human rights violations in Kashmir
- What is the policy of the United States toward Russia?
- Discuss lessons learned politically since 9/11
- Political problems in Africa have been affected by colonial rule. How?
- Discuss how is Israel playing the victim card in the war against Palestine
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History Thesis Topics
- How has World War II saved the world?
- What is the impact of Buddhism on the Chinese empire?
- Discuss the struggles of the North American colonies for independence
- Describe the role of the monarchy in the domestic policy of Great Britain
- Discuss the impacts of the North Korean nuclear program in Northeast Asia
- Evaluate the American and Britain relations during the Cold War Era
- Discuss the global impacts of the Great Depression
- Explain the Women's rights and woman suffrage: 1848-1920.
- Enlist the Military Innovations between WWI & WWII
- Discuss the feminist movement from 1845 to 1920
Criminal Justice Thesis Topics
- What are the ways to deal with domestic violence?
- How can we reduce racial disparities in the criminal justice system?
- How is electronic monitoring an abuse of privacy rights?
- What can be done to prevent cyber crimes?
- What are the common child abuse crimes committed?
- How can body cameras reduce police violence?
- Why are men more likely to get the death penalty?
- How can drug courts help people with addictions?
- Discuss the strategies used to stop criminal behavior
- Discuss the effectiveness of capital punishment in deterring crime
Thesis Topics in English Literature
- The influence of feminist theory on the work of Margaret Atwood
- Discuss the effectiveness of verbal communication in displaying feelings
- How do people communicate when there is no shared language?
- Language travels through time. Discuss the concept
- Elaborate on the advantages of learning a second language in graduate school
- Discuss the effectiveness of non-verbal communication for displaying emotions.
- Shakespearean adaptations in modern literature and film
- Narrative techniques in experimental literature and their impact on storytelling
- What are the benefits of learning two languages at once as a child?
- How to best communicate: Verbally or non-verbally?
Thesis Topics in Mass Communication
- Effects of user-generated content on news credibility and trust in online journalism
- Impact of deep fake technology on media manipulation and trust in visual media
- The role of media in promoting political polarization and extremism
- The challenges of reporting on sensitive topics such as war, violence, and trauma
- The ethics of using media to exploit or harm vulnerable populations
- The influence of TikTok on youth culture and entertainment consumption
- How does sports journalism respond to evolving media landscapes?
- The role of social media influencers in shaping brand image and consumer behavior
- The role of media in promoting corporate interests and agendas
- What is the role of media in the surveillance state and the erosion of privacy?
Thesis Topics in Business Administration
- How is digital transformation changing business models and strategies?
- What role does venture capital play in funding and supporting startups?
- The role of data analytics in decision-making and improving business outcomes
- The challenges and opportunities of expanding into new markets
- What factors influence call center industry employee retention?
- Comparing leadership structures in manufacturing and retail sectors
- How do varying leadership styles impact worker performance?
- Challenges and opportunities of managing supply chains in a globalized economy
- Is a Human Resources Officer still relevant in today's businesses?
- What is the impact of internal communications on organizational objectives?
Thesis Topics in Physical Education
- Role of physical education in preventing childhood obesity
- Impact of physical activity on sleep quality and overall well-being
- Influence of physical education on self-esteem and body image in adolescents
- What strategies promote gender equity in physical education?
- How can cultural competency be integrated into physical education programs?
- How does virtual physical education impact student engagement?
- What factors contribute to successful youth sports and athlete development?
- How does assessment and feedback improve student learning in physical education?
- How can older adults be encouraged to maintain active lifestyles?
- Does physical education have a measurable impact on academic performance?
Civil Engineering Thesis Topics
- Assessing the impact of climate change on infrastructure resilience
- Optimizing traffic flow and transportation systems for urban mobility
- Risk assessment and management in civil engineering projects
- Green infrastructure and stormwater management in urban environments
- Geotechnical engineering challenges in high-rise building construction
- Resilient infrastructure for mitigating the impact of extreme weather events
- Smart grids and energy-efficient infrastructure for future cities
- The role of 3D printing in construction: Feasibility and applications
- Augmented reality and virtual reality in civil engineering education and design
- What are the risk factors involved in building skyscrapers?
Cyber Security Thesis Topics
- How can network security deal with cyber crimes?
- How can an informational system protect your data?
- How can we prevent the growth of cyber hackers?
- What are the different types of cyber crimes?
- How can we make network security affordable for everyone?
- Discuss the effectiveness of malware protection software.
- How can we improve cybersecurity in wireless networks?
- What are the ways to prevent cyber attacks in organizations?
- How do people become cyber criminals?
- What are the current trends in the field of cybercrime and security?
Sociology Thesis Topics
- What are the consequences of adopting a child?
- Discuss the concept of female empowerment in a conservative society
- Organ transplantation in our society. Is it ethical?
- Explain the diffusion and innovation in European culture
- What are the challenges that most women face at workplaces?
- How difficult is it to be a single parent in a society?
- The impact of economic disparities on how people Live: A sociological study
- Technology has changed the way we eat. How?
- Violations of social norms can be a positive act. How?
- What is the relationship between poverty and education?
Philosophy Thesis Topics
- What is the nature of truth and reality in a post-modern world?
- Is there any life after death?
- Can a person be happy without friends and family?
- Why is there a need to engage children in physical activities?
- Will you have eternal satisfaction if you had all the wealth in the world?
- How morality and religion are related to each other?
- Why do people commit crimes when they’re at the brink of poverty?
- How to develop a personal philosophy of life: Influences, values, and decision-making
- Can free will exist in a deterministic universe, and what are its implications for agency and responsibility?
- What is the nature of consciousness, and how does it relate to our perception of reality?
Economics Thesis Topics
- Discuss the differences in commercial practices in rural and urban areas
- Critically analyze regional divergence in Europe
- Discuss the relationship between economic geography and the contemporary environment
- What are the impacts of intellectual capital in growing markets?
- Labor regulations are a way to solve the issue of unemployment. Discuss how?
- Explain the factors that determine the market value of a business
- What is the effect of labor force participation on the economy?
- Discuss the impact of government expenditure on the economic growth of Australia
- Discuss the impact of Brexit on small and middle businesses in the UK
- Write a review of the aid and economic growth of developing economies
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