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An essay is a short literary piece on a subject. A person’s first exposure to this kind of literary work would be the five paragraph essays that students are required to work on. These kinds of essays are a highly structured form with the following parts:

  • An introduction that presents the main idea.
  • Three paragraphs for the body where arguments are presented. Each paragraph would contain an idea with evidence that supports the main idea presented in the introduction.
  • A conclusion that restates the main idea and gives a quick summary of the supporting points.

Here are some essay college topics on adolescents:

  • Stress and its effects on young people today
  • The process of applying to college
  • Solutions to prevent high-school drop outs
  • Should the secondary school curriculum be increased or reduced
  • Should contraceptives be available in high schools

Essay college topic on Advertising:

  • False advertising
  • Political campaign advertising and its effects
  • Sexism in the media
  • To what extent should the government control advertising
  • Ads for tobacco and alcohol

Essay college topics on Minorities:

  • Should colleges have admissions quotas
  • How has the Afro-American youth changed in recent years
  • Racism in the courtroom / in prisons
  • The verdict of Scott Peterson / Martha Stewart / Michael Jackson
  • The impact of Latin Americans as the largest minority in the US

Essay college topics on Americana:

  • The high costs of funerals or / the social pressures of planning a funeral
  • Who benefits from the lottery or does it exploit the poor
  • A nationalized health care system
  • The disappearing middle class in America

Essay college topics on Social Problems:

  • Censorship in art / in the media
  • Should convicted criminals be eligible for social welfare
  • Mandatory HIV testing or testing for drugs
  • Poverty fosters crime…Yes or no?
  • Hunting (deer, birds) is necessary in some cases

Essay college topics on Transportation:

  • 25. Should airlines be nationalized
  • 26. The car as a status symbol
  • 27. The minimum age or the ideal age to get a driver’s license
  • 28. The impact of the “chunnel” tunnel connecting English to the European
  • continent
  • 29. The effects of increasing or eliminating speed limits on the highways