Your research papers this semester will be 5-7 pages in length. Do not go below five pages, but feel free to write more than six if you are able and willing. To begin, choose one of the following themes for your paper to orient around. You will then narrow down that theme into a specific topic, and then craft a specific thesis (an argument) around that topic. If none of the themes below interest you, feel free to suggest one of your own, and I will approve it or not.