The following questions will help you develop a meaningful, interesting, and inquiry-based topic that you will still love after a year of research and writing! Jot down your responses to help you brainstorm.
To select a thesis topic, ask yourself:
Based on your answers to the above questions (as well as on discussion with one or more faculty members), identify a preliminary topic/area of interest. To generate a research question/"quest" based on that topic, ask yourself:
Based on these questions, and on preliminary reading, library research, and discussion regarding the topic, formulate a preliminary question or describe a possible project.
To refine/test that research question/quest, ask yourself:
To determine feasibility, ask yourself:
Adapted from "Choosing a Thesis Topic," Millersville University
"A research question addresses a problem to be solved. A thesis statement is a tentative answer to a research question."
--William B. Badke, Research Strategies, 3rd ed. (p. 25)