67 Causal Essay Topics to Consider

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A causal essay is much like a cause-and-effect essay, but there may be a subtle difference in the minds of some instructors who use the term "causal essay" for complex topics and "cause-and-effect essay" for smaller or more straightforward papers.

However, both terms describe essentially the same type of essay and the goal of each is the same: to come up with a list of events or factors (causes) that bring about a certain outcome (effect). The key question in such an essay is, "How or why did something happen?" It is important to make a clear connection between each cause and the ultimate effect.

Potential Causes

The most common problem students face in writing the causal essay is running out of "causes" to talk about. It is helpful to sketch out an outline before you begin writing the first draft of your outline. Your essay should include a strong introduction, good transition statements, and a well-crafted conclusion.

Topics to Consider

You can use a topic from this list, or use the list as inspiration for your own idea.

  1. What conditions and events led to the Great Depression?
  2. What prompts a change in fashion trends?
  3. Why do some people fear the dark?
  4. How did some dinosaurs leave footprints?
  5. What causes criminal behavior?
  6. What causes people to rebel against authority?
  7. What conditions lead to powerful hurricanes?
  8. What developments led to regional accents in the United States?
  9. Why do good students become truant?
  10. What causes war?
  11. What factors can lead to birth defects?
  12. How are car insurance rates determined?
  13. What factors can lead to obesity?
  14. What can cause evolution to occur?
  15. Why does unemployment rise?
  16. Why do some people develop multiple personalities?
  17. How does the structure of the Earth change over time?
  18. What factors can cause bulimia nervosa?
  19. What makes a marriage fail?
  20. What developments and conditions led to the Declaration of Independence?
  21. What led to the decline of the automobile industry?
  22. What factors led to the decline of the Roman Empire?
  23. How did the Grand Canyon form?
  24. Why did enslavement replace indentured servitude in the American colonies?
  25. How has popular music been affected by technology?
  26. How has racial tolerance changed over time?
  27. What led to the dot-com bubble burst?
  28. What causes the stock market to fall?
  29. How does scarring occur?
  30. How does soap work?
  31. What causes a surge in nationalism?
  32. Why do some bridges collapse?
  33. Why was Abraham Lincoln assassinated?
  34. How did we get the various versions of the Bible?
  35. What factors led to unionization?
  36. How does a tsunami form?
  37. What events and factors led to women's suffrage?
  38. Why did electric cars fail initially?
  39. How do animals become extinct?
  40. Why are some tornadoes more destructive than others?
  41. What factors led to the end of feudalism?
  42. What led to the "Martian Panic" in the 1930s?
  43. How did medicine change in the 19th century?
  44. How does gene therapy work?
  45. What factors can lead to famine?
  46. What factors led to the rise of democratic governments in the 18th century?
  47. How did baseball become a national pastime in the United States?
  48. What was the impact of Jim Crow laws on Black citizens in the United States?
  49. What factors led to the growth of imperialism?
  50. Why did the Salem witch trials take place?
  51. How did Adolf Hitler come to power?
  52. What can cause damage to your credit?
  53. How did the conservationism start?
  54. How did World War I start?
  55. How do germs spread and cause illness?
  56. How do people lose weight?
  57. How does road salt prevent accidents?
  58. What makes some tires grip better than others?
  59. What makes a computer run slowly?
  60. How does a car work?
  61. How has the news industry changed over time?
  62. What created Beatlemania?
  63. How did organized crime develop?
  64. What caused the obesity epidemic?
  65. How did grammar rules develop in the English language?
  66. Where do political parties come from?
  67. How did the Civil Rights movement begin?
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