Choose a topic that you find interesting! Select something that will hold your interest for the nine weeks that you will work on this project. For a capstone or thesis topic consider:
Many students start with a general topic and then narrow the focus. For example, you may be interested in social media and decide to examine its use by employees in the workplace. You could be even more specific, limiting your scope to a particular geographical location, a specific type of company, an age group, etc.
For most papers, you will want to write a thesis statement expressing the argument you want to make. The statement will guide you as you search for information. In this case, you may decide that you want to find research on the pros and cons of social media use in the workplace. A sample thesis statement is Do the benefits to companies whose employees use social media at work outweigh the negatives?
If you plan to conduct actual research, you will need to establish a research question or questions that your study will attempt to answer. For example, we may ask Does the size of a company make a significant difference in the degree to which companies benefit from social media use among their employees? To address this question, you could do a survey of various companies and compare the responses of large, medium and small companies. Ideally this study would cover new ground and not exactly replicate previous studies.
We find it helps many students to think strategically about their topic if they ask it in the form of a question. Here's how.: