How diversity boosts creativity and efficiency in the workforce

If you’re majoring in business or human resources, then you might want to focus your next research paper topics in the areas of workforce diversity, a career plan, or women in the workplace. There are plenty of good topics to choose from. Let’s take a look at a few topic ideas and resources for your next research paper.

Diversity: No Longer Just Black and White. (Credit: Myron Curry)

Diversity: No Longer Just Black and White. (Credit: Myron Curry)

Workforce research paper topics

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HBO’s “The Normal Heart” takes on AIDS epidemic

HBO films will release their production of The Normal Heart, based on the play by Larry Kramer. The adaptation by Ryan Murphy features such big name actors as Julia Roberts and Mark Ruffalo and centers around the 1980s AIDS epidemic and the ensuing rise of gay activism.

The Normal Heart will make its HBO debut on May 25. (Credit: Swide)

The Normal Heart will make its HBO debut on May 25. (Credit: Swide)

Many are excited about the film, while others are concerned that The Normal Heart by Larry Kramer casts the homosexual community in a bad light. Preserving the stories and the important figures of the gay rights movement is a vital area of ongoing research. So where does the HBO adaptation of Kramer’s play fit in? Read more

Women in STEM fields: Academics and mentoring

The percentage of women studying STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math) in colleges is low—just 19 percent. STEM is often seen in academics as a boy’s club, and many colleges are having trouble attracting and retaining women in science and technology. Here are some ways colleges are encouraging women to study STEM and how an effective and sympathetic mentor can help them graduate.

The percentage of women studying STEM fields is low, some colleges are finding ways to change that. (Credit: Research Matters)

The percentage of women studying STEM fields is low, some colleges are finding ways to change that. (Credit: Research Matters)

Women underrepresented in STEM

Although women lead men in college enrollment and graduation rates, men still vastly outnumber women in the number of graduates in STEM fields. Read more

Ethnic and gender bias found in college mentorship requests

Student success in academics should not be based on race or gender. Yet in a recent study, researchers found ethnic and gender discrimination in professors’ responses to requests from doctoral students for counseling and mentorship. In scholarly articles on recent study findings, sociology researchers are offering ways to counter racial and gender bias.

A recent study shows the existence of ethnic and gender bias and can affect student success. (Credit: John Dawson)

A recent study shows the existence of ethnic and gender bias and can affect student success. (Credit: John Dawson)

Study: professors asked for mentorship

The study was conducted by Katherine Milkman, assistant professor of operations and information management at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, with collaborators Modupe Akinola of Columbia University and Dolly Chugh of New York University. Read more

Primary to higher ed: Education research paper topics

Is a career in education right for you? (Credit: Filip Pticek)

Is a career in education right for you? (Credit: Filip Pticek)

Future teachers and education administrators pay attention, I have education news for you. If you need research paper topics for a paper on any topic from primary to higher education take a look at these ideas and resources. There are many resources to help you create teaching strategies as well as sites that provide education research information for your research papers. Let’s take a look.

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Dido Elizabeth Belle’s true story told in Belle movie

Based on an inspiring true story, Belle hits theaters on May 2nd. (Credit: IMDb)

Based on an inspiring true story, Belle hits theaters on May 2nd. (Credit: IMDb)

In 2013, two award-winning films highlighted the black historical experience in America. Chiwetel Ejiofor played Solomon Northup, a free man from upstate New York who is sold into slavery, in the Oscar award winning 12 Years a Slave. In director Lee Daniels’ The Butler, Forest Whitaker plays Cecil Gaines, who served as a butler in the White House over the course of eight presidential terms.

And in 2014, Amma Asante’s Belle movie tells the story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, an illegitimate daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral and an African slave woman. But rather than being brought up as a second-class citizen in England, her childless aunt and uncle, Lord and Lady Mansfield, raised her as a legitimate child and an aristocrat.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw brings the role of Dido Elizabeth Belle to the screen in a film that highlights race and class issues in Georgian England, and theorizes that Belle may have inspired Lord Mansfield’s opposition to slavery. Read more

Good research paper topics in religion and sociology

Religion and sociology are a combination of disciplines ripe for good research paper topics. Religion, with its many distinct types and practitioners, plays an important role in many people’s lives, as well as in social, economic, political and educational issues. Some examples are religion as a public institution, the influence of Pope Francis or diversity in congregations. For your religion and sociology term paper, search the Internet for academic journals, religion databases and sociology blogs.

Pope Francis makes for a good religion and sociology research topic. (Credit: Valdrin Xhemaj /EPA /LANDOV)

Pope Francis makes for a good religion and sociology research topic. (Credit: Valdrin Xhemaj /EPA /LANDOV)

De-centralizing the sociology of religion

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Research topic on fraternity houses: Campus fun vs. safety

Recent news reveals a negative connotation of fraternity houses.

Recent news reveals a negative connotation of fraternity houses.

A recent article in The Atlantic magazine by Caitlin Flanagan revealed a disturbing picture of dangerous campus life and misogynistic behavior at fraternity houses at American colleges. Often drunk young men perpetrate crimes of violence and sexual abuse all in the name of brotherhood and machismo. Flanagan’s article exposes the disregard for campus safety and student health by a few college students who care more about partying than academics.

The cover photo of the February 19, 2014 issue of The Atlantic features two frat boys chest bumping each other, letting out a primal scream and spilling their red Solo cups of beer. After a year-long investigation, Flanagan wrote the lengthy article, “The Dark Power of Fraternities” about the devastating events happening at fraternity houses. Read more

Research paper topics for your political science paper

Political science majors know that politics and government is a fast-paced, ever-changing world. There are a lot of options and choices when it comes to picking research paper topics, from past political movements to presidential elections, from human rights issues to world politics. Whether you are interested in teaching constitutional law, are simply a political junkie or are thinking of possibly running for office at the local, state or even national level, there are many areas to explore. Here are a few ideas to help you stay abreast of the latest topics and ideas for your next political science paper.

François Hollande at a meeting during 2012 political campaign. (Credit: Bretwa)

François Hollande at a meeting during 2012 political campaign. (Credit: Bretwa)

Start researching political science on Questia

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College research on the future of human rights—a global perspective

2008 Global Human Rights Torch Relay in Taiwan: Taipei City Stage. (Credit: Rico Shen)

2008 Global Human Rights Torch Relay in Taiwan: Taipei City Stage. (Credit: Rico Shen)

The topic of human rights covers a broad array of areas—from war crimes to terrorism, from fraudulent elections to wiretapping. While the civil rights movement in the United States is certainly an important part of human rights, from a global perspective there are many more areas of focus. What is the future of human rights, and will we, as a planet and a society, continue our work to improve how our fellow humans are treated?

Human rights—a history

Since World War II there have been numerous treaties that have tried to address the issue of human rights. Read more