A List of Great Topics for Cause and Effect Essays to Write About

The purpose of a cause and effect essay is to analyze why something happens, by examining the cause/s, and describing the effect/s. When choosing one of the topics listed below, determine your interests and adhere to the requirements of the assignment. First, choose a tentative topic, then do research to determine whether you can find enough sources to provide support for it. Next, narrow the topic choice, if necessary, and choose a unique angle to write about it. There are three ways of approaching the topic, either discuss both positive and negative cause/s and effect/s or just cause/s or just effect/s. The topic will suggest which of these approaches to use. It is important to make a distinction between primary and contributing causes and effects. Not all of them are equally significant.

Cause/s and/or effect/s of

  • Hamlet’s tragic flaw and indecisiveness in William Shakespeare's tragedy "Hamlet" (or Hamlet’s inability to properly fulfill his plan for revenge, Hamlet’s psychosis, Hamlet’s Oedipus complex)
  • the increase in children (or boys, girls) who have Autistic Spectrum Disorder (or mumps, measles, the respiratory disease known as enterovirus D68 (EV-D68)
  • climate change on infectious diseases (or respiratory ailments, animals)
  • playing video games on elderly people’s cognitive skills (or motor skills)
  • the ability to learn when college students (or high school students, middle-school students) complete assignments using a computer (or tablet) instead of pen and paper
  • globalization on women’s human rights (or workers’ human rights) in developing countries (or Mexico, Argentina, Tunisia, Uganda, Algeria, Philippines, Botswana
  • the increase in militancy (or the nuclear weapons program) in North Korea
  • concussion laws on high school (or college, professional) sports
  • corrupt political leadership on a country’s economy (choose a leader, such as Indonesian President Suharto; Haitian President Francois Duvalier; Italian Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi; Romanian President, Nicolae Ceaucescu; Ukraine Prime Minister, Pavlo Lazarenko)
  • participative leadership style (or democratic leadership style, transactional leadership style, transformational leadership style, charismatic leadership style, Hersey-Blanchard situational leadership style) on staff morale desertification on a country’s political stability (choose a country, such as U.S., Belgium, Iran, Jordan, Afghanistan, Sudan, China, India, Ethiopia, Israel, Kenya)
  • the use of microelectronics to treat chronic ailments (or for multimedia systems)
  • the use of nanomaterials to lower CO2 emissions (or reduce transistors, resistors)
  • meditation on cancer patients (or blood pressure, work stress, college students)
  • doubt and uncertainty about faith on the religious development of adults (or women, men)

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