U.S., Cuba relations as your political science research topic

President Obama and his family have made a historic trip to Cuba. It’s the first visit by a sitting U.S. president since Calvin Coolidge. Despite President Obama’s efforts to improve U.S.-Cuba relations, the American embargo is still in place and the island nation’s record on human rights violations continues to be a significant issue.

Cuba President Raul Castro and President Barack Obama meet. (Credit: Mandel Nga—AFP/Getty Images)

Cuba President Raul Castro and President Barack Obama meet. (Credit: Mandel Nga—AFP/Getty Images)

Both areas offer many research paper topics to consider for classes in political science, economics, history and more. Read more

Where to Invade Next highlights economics research topics

In the new Michael Moore documentary, Where to Invade Next, the controversial filmmaker examines key differences between economics in the U.S. and other countries, especially in Europe. Many Americans who believe in U.S. superiority may be surprised by the film.

Compare economics of the U.S. and other countries for your research paper. (Credit: The Commonwealth Fund)

Compare economics of the U.S. and other countries for your research paper. (Credit: The Commonwealth Fund)

Our theory of American Exceptionalism leads us to assume that U.S. economics policies are best because they are based on freedom and the strength of the individual. Other countries, however, trend toward a more universal approach to governance and social management. This difference of views would make for an enlightening research paper. Read more

Democratic Socialism and other economics systems for your research paper

On March 9, 2016, Bernie Sanders was declared the Democratic Party winner of the Michigan Primary. The win came as a surprise to most observers who have long cast Hillary Clinton as the foregone Democratic candidate for President. Because of his adherence to Democratic Socialism, even staunch Democrats think that a Sanders win would be unlikely in November.

Find out more about what Democratic Socialism is. (Credit: Bernie Sanders Video)

Find out more about what Democratic Socialism is. (Credit: Bernie Sanders Video)

For his part, Donald Trump relishes the idea of a race against a “communist/socialist maniac.” Clearly, exposing the truth about Democratic Socialism and economic systems would be a very informative research paper. Read more

Zika virus, microcephaly and Guillain-Barre as medical research topics

For issues of diseases and disorders, there are interesting research paper topics on the current outbreak of the Zika virus. Zika is transmitted through the bite of an infected Aedes aegypti mosquito. So far, the virus is affecting people in Central America, South America and the Caribbean.

Find out more about the Zika virus. (Credit: James Gathany, CDC)

Find out more about the Zika virus. (Credit: James Gathany, CDC)

Zika virus symptoms are flu-like: fever, joint pain, a rash and conjunctivitis of the eyes, and lasting about a week. However it has also been linked to the birth defect microcephaly and the rare Guillain-Barre syndrome. Read more

International economics and the TPP: Research topics

Students of economics know that it is the study of supply and demand. A key feature is the fact of scarcity. Research paper topics can cover a wide range from the history of economics to money, the economy and financial markets. International economics is especially rife with good topics.

The TPP makes for a good international economics topic. (Credit: U.S. Census Bureau)

The TPP makes for a good international economics topic. (Credit: U.S. Census Bureau)

One such topic is the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership), an agreement between 12 Pacific nations that, if passed, would have far-reaching effects on job growth, food safety, healthcare and more. Now more than ever, it’s important to consider a research paper on international economics issues. Read more

Oxfam report on income inequality as your research paper topic

The issue of income inequality has been much discussed since the beginning of the Great Recession in 2007, but the latest Oxfam report indicates that more of the global economy than ever is in the hands of the wealthiest.

Learn more about income equality. (Credit: CNN)

Learn more about income equality. (Credit: CNN)

With the rich getting richer, the areas to explore in a research paper also increase, as the income gap grows to encompass more and more issues, including health and mortality. Read more

The housing bubble and Wall Street banking for your research paper

Back in late 2008, the economy was hit with the equivalent of a nuclear bomb when the housing bubble finally burst. The bubble was created by investment bankers on Wall Street who traded subprime mortgages without a care as to whether those mortgages would ever be paid.

Find out more on the housing bubble and Wall Street. (Credit: Herald Sun)

Find out more on the housing bubble and Wall Street. (Credit: Herald Sun)

Now the film, The Big Short, starring Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt unravels the creation of the “too big to fail” banking system that led to the worldwide economic collapse. It’s a compelling subject for any research paper. Read more

PACs vs. public financing for your next research paper

Political action committees, more commonly known as PACs, may date back to 1944, but they have dominated the election news cycle for the past decade.

Learn more about PACs here for your research paper. (Credit: BOMA/Chicago Political Action Committee)

Learn more about PACs here for your research paper. (Credit: BOMA/Chicago Political Action Committee)

Could political campaigns funded by public financing offset the influence of the few wealthy donors giving through PACs and super PACs? That is just one area to explore in a research paper on the topic. Read more

Research paper topics on the cost of student loan debt

As the total dollar figure climbs, more and more attention is being paid to student loan debt in the U.S. Recent news revealed that from 2004 to 2014, the cost of higher education that college students are shouldering through loans has risen by 56 percent.

Are you heavily affected by student loan debt? (Credit: YouTube)

Are you heavily affected by student loan debt? (Credit: YouTube)

Many students, and others, are calling for free public college as one solution as well as forgiveness of current debt, both of which offer interesting research paper topics to explore in terms of their economic and societal impact. Read more

Explore climate change and capitalism link for your research paper

Is there a link between capitalism and climate change? Author Naomi Klein addressed that question in the film, This Changes Everything, which is based on her book of the same name. According to most experts, the industrial nations produce the emissions that produce the greenhouse effect and rising sea levels yet it’s the third world countries that are most impacted.

Do you think there's a link between capitalism and climate change? (Credit: Reuters)

Do you think there’s a link between capitalism and climate change? (Credit: Reuters)

Can this be changed? Perhaps opinions are already changing as we see 2015 slated to be the hottest year on record. Find out for yourself when you decide to tackle climate change for your next research paper. Read more