Topics For An Argumentative Research Essay

Remember: for your preliminary assignment (and for the success of your argument paper), you must frame your issue in the form of a arguable thesis statement. Asking a question isn't a thesis. Stating a fact isn't a thesis. You must articulate a position on an issue. If you doubt your thesis, use the word "should" in the thesis to ensure that the thesis statement is arguing for or against something.

As for potential topics that could be framed in a thesis statement, you know that much exists on the web, in newspapers and magazines, and certainly on TV and radio that lend themselves to potential topic ideas. If you need help finding a topic, here are a couple of websites to help get you started:

  • Cal State at Long Beach Hot Topics page (this one has a large collection of links to other college and university argument topics websites)

  • The New York Times has a list of topics as good as any, but not every topic will work for our assignment. At minimum, the list should give you some ideas.

You could certainly just google "argument topics" or "research topics" and wander through the results until you hit upon something you believe might work.  Otherwise, consider the suggestions below.  (Each has been proposed as a topic for this assignment and I consider each a viable topic choice.)

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