Selecting unique US history term paper topics
How do you pick a history topic that’s original and fun to read? Try these methods and see if they work for you:
What would intrigue you?
Think of a good documentary you’ve seen. What were the elements that made the show so gripping? Was there an agenda? Was there a unique story? Identify the components that make a good report and tweak these to suit your topic.
Every reader is a sucker for a good plot. If you can draw someone in with the innuendoes behind historical characters or the peculiar happenings that surrounded a big historical event, you’ll know you’ve written an exceptional paper.
What would intrigue your professor?
Getting to know your professor will put you in a good place for picking a history topic. If you want to do well, choose something you know he would enjoy reading. It’s hard for someone to hide their enthusiasm when they bring up a subject they’re passionate about. Watch your professor, talk to him, study his bookshelf and try to get a glimpse into what he would enjoy reading.
Relate history to today
To get some inspiration on a good history paper, ask yourself what people are interested in today. Here are two examples:
- Soap operas: Historical scandals and royal indignities are juicy and fun to write about because we relate these things with today’s society and find that we have more in common with those before us than what we’d care to admit. If tabloids are such good sellers in our day, no doubt your history professor will enjoy reading about a juicy scandal.
- Classism: Many would deny their practice of it, but classism is prevalent whether we like it or not. In fact it always has been, but just in different ways. Comparing modern day classism with historical classism could be a fun journey.
The span of world history is vast and not short of any interesting events that have played a part in shaping our society today. You’ve got lots to pick from, so consider staying away from the same old topics everyone else harps on about.
Dig deep into the history banks of libraries and online encyclopaedias and impress your professor with a topic that his never had the pleasure of reading before. Think of how well you’ll get scored if you gave him or her a breath of fresh air from the usual tired topics they’re used to.