Top 100 Research Paper Topics
Cheap labor U.S. companies that move factories to undeveloped nations barely pay employees enough to live on. Is it unethical to pay cheap wages or are companies doing those workers a favor?
Fitness programsShould companies allow employees to exercise on work time?
Mining What safety measures made the recent Canadian mining accident a noncasualty event, while recent U.S. mining accidents have been fatal?
Oil companies Do oil companies make big bucks while the rest of us pay over $3 a gallon?
Wage gap Women still earn only 75 cents for every $1 a man earns. Explain why.
Wages There’s a minimum wage, but should there also be a maximum wage/salary a person can earn?
Workaholics Do Americans work too hard? Does working more actually reduce productivity? Is a 40-hour workweek too much? Should there be a mandatory cap on the number of hours a person can work? Should there be changes in employment laws to give Americans more relaxation time?
Athletes in high schoolsShould shoe companies be able to give away free shoes and equipment to high school athletes?
Censorship Should parents censor textbooks and other literature for children in schools?
College athleticsShould college athletes be paid?
Electronic information preservation Does the Information Age mean we are losing important historical information?
ExamsExams often do little more than measure a person’s ability to take exams. Should exams be outlawed in favor of another form of assessment?
Flag Should children be required to say the Pledge of Allegiance in schools?
Gap yearShould teens in the U.S. adopt the British custom of taking a “gap year” between high school and college?
Grades In some European schools, fewer than 10% of students get A’s. Is there grade inflation in the U.S.? Why so many A’s for Americans?
No Child Left Behind Act Is it working?
School lunchesShould government impose restrictions on what kinds of foods can be served in school cafeterias?
School uniforms Pros and cons of school uniforms.
Single-sex schools Do children learn better in boys-only and girls-only schools?
Climate changeIs global warming a hoax? Is it being exaggerated?
Coal Should the use of coal be subjected to stricter environmental regulations than other fuels?
DDT Should DDT be reapproved for use in the wake of recent bedbug outbreaks across the country?
Wind energyIs wind energy really that cheap? Is it effective? Is it practical?
Airport securityShould the government use invasive pat-downs and body scans to ensure passenger safety or are there better methods?
al-Qaida Has U.S. policy actually spread terrorism rather than contain it? Will it get better or worse? Why and how?
Arming pilots Good idea?
Bridges, roads, waterwaysWhy the government gets a bad report card on America’s infrastructure.
Health care crisisMost developed nations have universal health coverage. Why doesn’t the U.S., the wealthiest nation, have it?
Homeland Security Are we safer since the creation of this department?
Immigration Should illegal immigrants be made legal citizens?
Internet regulationShould the federal government be allowed to regulate information on the Internet?
Iraq War Is America winning or losing the war? What is the measurement of success? Have the benefits outweighed the costs?
Iraq War vetsAre they being cheated on medical benefits?
Lead poisoningShould the U.S. stop importing Chinese-manufactured toys?
Marijuana legalizationShould the federal government legalize the use of marijuana?
Military Should the U.S. have mandatory military conscription? For whom?
Moms Should stay-at-home moms get a salary from the government?
Obesity and weight lossShould thin people have to pay Medicare and other health costs for the health problems of obese people? Should obese people have higher premiums?
Prescription medicinesShould there be a national database to track controlled substances (i.e., oxycodone) or should it be a state issue?