For the Final Project (due at the end of Unit 9), you will be writing an academic essay of around 750-850 words in which you serve as a mentor and share your knowledge with someone who needs your help. You can either write to a group of people who have a particular problem that someone in your field of study might be facing, for the purpose of motivating this group of people to overcome this particular problem; or you can write to people who are themselves just entering the field you are studying but who are facing a dilemma and who need your guidance and knowledge to help them with dealing with this issue. A criminal justice major might for example write to people with a specific drug habit; or an education major may write to a new teacher who has special needs students in her class and isn’t sure how to handle the situation; a student might write an essay helping a family make end-of-life decisions for an elderly parent; a business major might write an essay for the purpose of informing a bank of the benefits of refinancing people’s homes at lower rates instead of foreclosing on them. Here is a chart of possible topic ideas from five popular college majors. The list is not inclusive, nor should you feel you have to write on one of these particular topics. Choose a topic that is of interest to you, a subject you know something about and that you think is an important issue that someone in your field might benefit from learning about. •
Health Science: obesity; quality of school lunches; cost of healthcare •
Computer Science: hackers and security; cyberbullying
Business: employee theft; fraud; starting a small business; housing crisis •
Psychology: living with a diagnosis (Schizophrenia, Bipolar, Borderline Personality Disorder); alternative treatments; marriage counseling •
Criminal Justice: addiction to a particular drug; a specific criminal behavior; alternatives to prison sentencing Your Final Project essay should meet the following guidelines: 1.
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