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Top 50 Argumentative Essay Topics

Some students misconstrue that an argumentative essay needs to be inflammatory to be provocative. This is not necessarily so. The premise of an argumentative essay is to use logic and reasoning to establish a position on the subject in hand. This is done through investigation, collection and evaluation of evidence and formulation of a conclusion, with the ideas and results presented in a concise manner. The amount of the investigation and evaluation of evidence depends on the complexity of the subject and how many different sides of the argument there are, but doing things superficially will not result in an argumentative essay with substance.

  1. Race is a US issue that has never gone away
  2. Culture and society: does culture matter?
  3. The tyranny of cultural and societal customs
  4. How significant is global warming – truly?
  5. All that glisters is not gold, but some is
  6. The impact of advertising
  7. The dignity of labor
  8. The evils of half-knowledge
  9. The evils of poverty
  10. The green revolution
  11. Child abuse breeds child abuse
  12. The place of literature in education
  13. The problem of industrialism
  14. The problem of national integration
  15. The problem of over-population
  16. The advantages of desktop computers over laptops
  17. Is assisted suicide actually murder?
  18. Airport security checks have gone too far
  19. For and against Instagram
  20. Security cameras are an infringment of personal privacy
  21. Foodies are really just food snobs
  22. The culture of celebrity worship is illogical
  23. Humanity is alone in the universe
  24. Genetically modified food should be used to tackle hunger
  25. You eat too much fast food
  26. All high school students should take parenting classes
  27. Should childhood immunization be mandatory?
  28. Public transportation should be free
  29. Fracking is an environmental blight
  30. If marijuana has medical benefits shouldn’t it be legalized?
  31. Does free speech simply mean hate speech is ok?
  32. Are pre-employment drug tests an infringement of personal privacy rights?
  33. There should be no commercial breaks during children’s programs
  34. Jane Austen is more influential than Kim Kardashian
  35. The Catcher in the Rye is overrated as a literary work
  36. Crying is not a sign of weakness in a man
  37. The internet has killed verbal communication
  38. Conflict is healthy in a relationship
  39. Fraternities and sororoties have no use outside of college
  40. Students can boost their employability with extra-curricular activities
  41. Brainstorming in a corporate setting is a waste of energy
  42. Governments should not bail out bankrupt businesses
  43. PIPA and SOPA are ineffectual against online piracy
  44. Social media is the cheapest and most effective advertising channel
  45. The concept of “Big Brother” truly exists
  46. Social media has changed the way we write and speak
  47. Food fads like gluten-free are more dangerous than good
  48. Innovation is making us lazy
  49. There is a case for Wikileaks as a force for good
  50. There is no truth to the saying “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks”

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