English 110
Sample Thesis Statements

I have divided the class’s thesis statements into two broad categories; most of these still need some revision and clarification (even the ones in the top category), but overall, nearly all of you are on the right track.

Argument Thesis Statements:  Each thesis below articulates a pretty clear argument about the research topic, including some sense of the subtopics that the overall argument will address; the best ones are listed at the top:

Although poverty and lack of medical assistance have contributed to the spread of the AIDS virus in Africa, there are other important cultural factors that have a seeming irreversible grip on the continent.

However, what most people don’t know is that global warming is affecting thousands of coral reefs around the world and that coral reefs play a huge role in the survival of not only sea organisms, but humans as well.

By assessing how difficult it is for African children to continue their lives after the deaths of AIDS infected parents, we can understand the importance of government and community action for the well-being of the  new orphans.

Rising temperatures brought on by global warming is greatly harming the coral reefs and destabilizing many ecosystems as a result.

However, one must understand the physical, emotional and mental damages that these children endure in order to make a drastic global change in the lives of HIV/AIDS orphans.


Descriptive Thesis Statements:  These thesis statements provide a description of the research topic but don’t yet clearly express what the author’s argument will be about that topic:

Over the past few decades, hurricanes, cyclones, and other tropical storms have increased in both frequency and intensity, causing problems throughout the globe both environmentally and for humans.

HIV/AIDS has become a widely spread virus that affects the human immune system. Africa has had the greatest number of infected persons, both adults and children than any other continent.

As temperature of the oceans changes, the intensity and frequency of tropical storms are causing greater catastrophic events the world over.

Many of the changes occurring in our world are a direct result of individualized nations releasing huge amounts of greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere.

Areas of the world, specifically Thailand, are creating different ways to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS on a global level.

As a result of the Arctic experiencing some of the most severe and rapid climate change polar bears are at risk in the future.

Due to the increasing amount of pollution we release into the air and water systems, our ozone layer is depleting.  The arctic parts of our world are especially being affected, as are the wildlife that resides there.