Informative Essay Topics for College

Instructor: David Raudenbush
College students need to know who to write to inform an audience. Informative writing allows the students to share their expertise on a topic. Read on to find suggestions for what college students can write informatively about.

Writing to Inform

Here's the trick to good informative writing: Your students should sound like experts on their topics. The good news is college students should be on their way to becoming experts in something. However, that doesn't mean the audience will automatically recognize the writer's expertise. That takes some convincing.

To convince an audience that they know about what they speak, your students need to write in the voice of an expert. It will help if students pick topics with which they already have some background knowledge. Then, they will add some research. Facts, statistics, and quotes from other experts will lend an air of authority to any informative essay.

Most informative essays are written in a formal tone, and students should properly cite their sources in whatever manner you choose, MLA, APA, etc. While in middle or high school this assignment might have been a five-paragraph essay, you should expect more from your college students. However, the structure of the essay remains the same: introduction, thesis, body and closing.

Most importantly, students must remember that the purpose of an informative essay is to educate the audience. An informative essay will not include opinions, nor will it try to persuade. It is 'just the facts!'

These topics potentially lend themselves to expert-sounding writing from college students:

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