Research Paper Topics

When trying to decide on a research argument, topics that I have an interest in should obviously be explored. Arguments that involve sports, cultural diversity, and public health are probably more down my alley so my topics deal with these three areas of research.

Question 1: Should universities have such a large portion of funds invested in athletic programs?

This topic is brought up very frequently because of the issues of student debt and quality of education that surround it. Students are upset because numerous schools put money into sports that are drawn from their tuition. There is also the converse argument that the athletic programs are generating a profit, so ultimately it benefits the university.

Motivation: Too often I hear people complain about how easy the student athletes have it. They receive a full scholarship and then just take the easiest classes. I think about it differently. A lot of recruited student athletes desperately need the scholarship. Athletics can be their only way out of poverty. Also, maintaining a balance of commitment to both education and athletics is very difficult. I want to explore this because I also value both athletics and education.

Information and Arguments: I hope to find information and statistics that display the statistics for money placed into athletics programs at major colleges. Ideally, data on the revenue that these schools receive would be very effective in backing my argument on the productivity of emphasis on athletics for schools as a business. Another argument I could include is the idea that placing too much money into athletic programs hinders the educational quality of the university. This cannot be true since there are so many schools that are sport great educational programs as well as athletic programs (Examples include Duke, Stanford, Northwestern, and many more). My major points will probably be the three stated.


Question 2: To what extent does race influence opportunity?

This topic is one we hear typically in the debate for equality between men and women, however, there still may be a prevalent disparity between the hiring or acceptance of people of certain races or religions. This is a very touchy topic, but it is still very important because the overall goal for society should be that every individual regardless of race, gender, or religious receives identical opportunities.

Motivation: This topic is important to me because I am a person of color and I am saddened whenever I hear stories of discrimination. As a college student, I want to receive similar opportunities for success as my peers of other races or faiths. The hard work I put in should be rewarded and the same goes for all students.

Information and Arguments: As of now, I don’t know how great the difference is between the races in hiring and such opportunities, but hopefully I can find some data that presents this information and the differences will not be negligible. I could also mix gender into the argument as well, so a total analysis of racial and gender differences could vividly paint the picture of the situation. I would make the argument that people of color perhaps don’t receive identical treatment as other do when it comes to the work force. Additionally, I would argue the reasoning behind this and how certain races are stereo-typically veered towards jobs that ‘suit’ them.


Question 3: Should all campuses be smoke free zones?

Smoking whether it be cigarettes or any other drug is harmful for the user, but it can also be detrimental towards those around them. Secondhand smoking is a contributor to health issues. Society is so much more accepting smoking, but it can still have repercussions for people in the proximity. In close packed areas, inhaling smoke from cigarettes can also trigger asthma attacks and other breathing issues. Additionally, smoking can lead to addiction and addiction to anything is usually negative.

Motivation: I am completely against smoking because of how detrimental it is to the human body, but more than that, growing up with asthma made me very conscious of when people were smoking around me. On campus, I see countless people smoking and numerous cigarette butts lying around in the sidewalks. This is bad for the environment as well as public health.

Information and Arguments: The most necessary statistics to pursue this topic would be effects of secondhand smoking on people. This is crucial because the ‘public health’ issue is concerned with the people around the smoker. Additionally, it would be helpful to know about other campuses that have implemented a smoke free policy and how that has changed both the environment and the public health of the school. My key arguments revolve around the consequences of smoking both for the user and the public. As stated before, secondhand smoking is a thing and should be a major concern for everyone, but most importantly those with breathing conditions such as asthma.

College Advocacy Research Topics

The topic that most interests me is forced immunizations on college students. When I went to high school in California, a new law was being implemented concerning immunizationimmunizations. Before the summer of 2016, students could refuse immunizations on the grounds of personal or religious reasons. The new law ended this policy, and now only medical waivers are suitable exemptions. Specifically at UD, the MMR and meningococcal vaccine are required. I think the issue of the immunization controversy is interesting because although I believe immunizations are necessary for public health and should be enforceable, those who disagree for religious or other personal reasons do have a valid argument. I’d like to explore this issue and focus on the necessity of immunizations and why their benefits justify their necessitation, with a focus on the benefits of the immunizations required at immunizationsUD. Questions I’d like to explore are: to what extent can a college in a democratic nation with the freedom of religion enforce immunizations on those who disagree because of their religion? do the benefits of immunizations for the public health and security of the nation outweigh the concerns of the few who are against them? what are the advantages of immunizations? what legal rights do those against immunizations have?

Another topic I’d like to consider is the issue of guns on college campuses. There is a growing number of colleges that allow guns. Eight states allow guns at colleges, and 24 gunsothers allow the individual colleges in their state to decide. A study done by Johns Hopkins University in 2016 determined that campus carry laws are “unlikely to deter rampage shooters and may in fact lead to more injuries and deaths.” Some argue that guns make the public safer, but as demonstrated by the Johns Hopkins study, it can also be argued that guns lead to increased violence. Others believe that prohibiting guns on campus would be an infringement on the second amendment right to bear arms. Although I don’t believe that guns should be permitted at college, those who argue for the protection of the second amendment do have a sound point. Questions I would consider are: to what extent can a college, established within a nation that has the right to bear arms, restrict that right? what are the dangers of allowing guns to be carried on campuses?

The third topic I would consider is the subject of internet privacy. With the recent repeal of certain internet privacy rules, broadband companies can now use the sensitive data (i.e. browsing history, geolocation, and medical and financial information) of their customers without permission. Particularly with college students who use technology extensively, internet privacy is extremely important. I think internet privacy for college o-internet-privacy-facebookstudents would be a valuable issue to explore because internet privacy is esteemed by the public but is sometimes relinquished for the benefit of businesses. Questions I would pursue are: to what extent can college students expect their online actions to be private when there is no written national amendment concerning internet privacy? what are the benefits of relinquishing online privacy? what is currently private online for college students?