100 College Essay Topics

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The dreaded college essay is most troublesome when it comes to actually coming up with a topic to write about. Whether it is a research paper or descriptive essay, unless given specific instructions or a topic to get us started, it may take most of the day to come up with something worthy of writing a whole essay about. Essay topics can make or break the college essay. Great topics usually mean great grades while mediocre topics may not always have the best support.

Even if you aren't just trying to get a good grade, a great essay topic just makes the writing process that much more fun if you are actually interested in what you are writing about. Whenever given the opportunity to choose a topic of your own, always make sure it is something you are passionate about or fascinated with and you will be surprised at how much easier it is to sit down and write the darn thing from start to finish.

For those looking for a head start in some topics for class, here are 100 college essay topics listed according to ten different areas of study.Not all are specific and they may still need some tweaking to make them worthy of a true college essay topic, but, they may inspire you to create something of your own that is worth endless hours of research and sleepless nights.

College Essay Topics in Business

  1. Marketing Strategies
  2. Feminist Economics and Equality in the Workplace
  3. International Business
  4. How the practices of a specific business/industry help/harm a community
  5. Analyzing an e-business
  6. Managing a small business
  7. Business Ethics
  8. Social Media Privacy Laws for Employees
  9. Pre-employment Drug Testing
  10. The Fears of Recession

The circulatory system is yet another potential college essay topic in biology.
The circulatory system is yet another potential college essay topic in biology. | Source

College Essay Topics in Biology

  1. Effects and Symptoms of Aging
  2. Evolution
  3. DNA Mapping
  4. Genetic Defects
  5. Epidemics
  6. Biological Weapons
  7. Chimerism in Humans
  8. Long Term Effects of Smoking
  9. Organ Transplants
  10. The Senses and the Endocrine System

Building a bridge of communications can harder than it looks, as many communications majors know.
Building a bridge of communications can harder than it looks, as many communications majors know. | Source

College Essay Topics in Communications

  1. The Art of Persuasion and Influence
  2. Nonverbal Communications
  3. Analysis of a Speech
  4. Media and Gender Expectations
  5. The Effects of Television on Children
  6. The Historical Development of Television
  7. Childhood Language Acquisition Stages
  8. Genderized Language
  9. Learning a Second Language
  10. Agenda Setting and the Media

Money problems are the worst but they can make the best college essay topic for economics majors.
Money problems are the worst but they can make the best college essay topic for economics majors. | Source

College Essay Topics in Economics

  1. The 1929 Stock Market Crash
  2. Stages of Production
  3. Social Changes because of e-Commerce
  4. Feminist Economics
  5. Economics and Gender
  6. Experimental Economics
  7. Ethical Economics in Insurance Companies
  8. Economics and the Elderly
  9. Economic Analysis of India
  10. Theories of Organizational Dynamics and Development

For now, majors in education are writing essays of their own. One day, many will be the ones assigning them.
For now, majors in education are writing essays of their own. One day, many will be the ones assigning them. | Source

College Essay Topics in Education

  1. The Role of Government and Children
  2. Classroom Management
  3. Educational Issues Based on Gender
  4. The Role of the Teacher
  5. Teaching Methods
  6. Early Childhood Education
  7. Copyright Fair Use Model in Education
  8. Meaningful Learning Experiences
  9. Assessing and Critiquing Lesson Plans
  10. The Impact of Technology on Education

Literature is my personal favorite type of essay to write about.
Literature is my personal favorite type of essay to write about. | Source

College Essay Topics in English Literature

  1. The Rise of the Novel
  2. The Role of Women in Literature
  3. Modernism vs. Realism
  4. Different Types of Love Portrayed in Romeo and Juliet
  5. What is Gothic Literature
  6. Symbolism in Literature
  7. What is Stream of Consciousness
  8. Compare and Contrast Two Novels
  9. Analyze a Poem
  10. Biography of an Author

College essay topics for nursing can range even into psychology and biology.
College essay topics for nursing can range even into psychology and biology. | Source

College Essay Topics in Nursing

  1. Confidentiality
  2. Patient Care Techniques
  3. Coping Procedures for Nurses
  4. Technology and Nursing
  5. The Future and Nursing
  6. Nurses at Bergen-Belsen
  7. Identifying Patient Phobias
  8. Abuse and Trauma Nursing
  9. Personal Leadership Skills and Nursing
  10. How Pharmacists can Improve Their Relationships With Doctors

SIgmund Freud is a recognizable figure even for those who have never studied psychology.
SIgmund Freud is a recognizable figure even for those who have never studied psychology. | Source

Colleg Essay Topics in Psychology

  1. The Stages and Phases of Death and Dying
  2. Freud and Human Nature
  3. Why We Dream
  4. Social Control and Cults
  5. Psychological Disorders
  6. Parapsychology
  7. Causes and Symptoms of Stress
  8. Different Stages of Human Development
  9. Effects of Abortion on Mental Health
  10. Parent Influence on a Child's Mental Health

College Essay Topics in Political Science

  1. Pros and Cons of Welfare Reform
  2. Homelessness: Causes, Conflicts, and Solutions
  3. Patriotism
  4. Explaining the GDP
  5. The FBI and the Patriot Act
  6. Illegal Immigrants
  7. What is Marxism
  8. Analysis of Machiavelli's The Prince
  9. Socrates and Thoreau on Democracy
  10. Analysis of Stuart Mill's "On Liberty"

Privacy and safety are important issues for many computer and internet users.
Privacy and safety are important issues for many computer and internet users. | Source

College Essay Topics in Computer Information Sciences

  1. Security Management and Planning
  2. Napster vs. The Record Companies
  3. Detecting and Preventing Plagiarism
  4. Cyber Crime and Law Enforcement
  5. Computer Viruses
  6. Internet Love
  7. Search Engines
  8. New Developments in Technology
  9. Computer Generated Animation
  10. Database Comparison

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suzettenaples 3 years ago from Taos, NM

What a great hub! Your subject areas and suggested topics are excellent. I like that you grouped these by subject areas. It makes it so easy to read and find what you want. Great job!


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scwildlife 3 years ago from United States

Great hub! I wish there would have been something like this when I was in college.


dragonflycolor 2 years ago

Where was this hub when I was in high school? Essays all the time, every class and it was hard enough picking from the instructor's list of acceptable topics! Good hub.


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Umm Ibrahim 20 months ago

Nice variety of topics.

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