Regents Essay Topics

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Below you will find a listing of the last NYS Global History Regents topics for both the Thematic and DBQ Essay. While this list can assist you on focusing on topics that have not appeared in a while, you should be aware that topics repeat often over the course of a couple of years such as different versions of Change, and Conflict.

Jun 2017: DBQ and/or Thematic Essay Educated Guesses

  • Revolutions (Political/Non-Political)
  • Conflict (Cold War, WWI, etc)
  • Human Rights Violations/Genocide
  • Political Systems


    • Belief Systems & Geography (at least once before last 6 exams - 2018)

Thematic Essay Topics

Last Thematic Topics Month Year Geography Non-Geography
Needs & Wants (Economic/Geogrpahy) Jan 2017 X
Belief Systems Aug 2016 X
Human and Physical Geography & Technological Advances Jun 2016 X
Imperialism Jan 2016 X
Movement of People and Goods Aug 2015 X
Belief Systems Jun 2015 X
Human and Physical Geography Jan 2015 X
Change—Political Leaders Aug 2014 X
Change—Challenges to Tradition or Authority Jun 2014 X
Human Rights - Leaders & Their Ideas Jan 2014 X
Conflict—Armed Conflict Aug 2013 X
Change—Revolution Jun 2013 X
Change—Collapse of Government Jan 2013 X
Technology Aug 2012 X
Human and Physical Geography Jun 2012 X
Change—Individuals Jan 2012 X
Change — Global Issues Aug 2011 X
Technology June 2011 X
Geographic Features Jan 2011 X
Nationalism Aug 2010 X
Change - Ideas June 2010 X
Philosophers/ leaders/ piece of writing Jan 2010 X
Belief Systems Aug 2009 X
Human Rights violations June 2009 X
Geographic Factors/ Cultural Diffusion Jan 2009 X
Adapting to Physical Environment Aug 2008 X
Belief Systems June 2008 X
Nonpolitical Revolutions Jan 2008 X
Effects of Political Systems Aug 2007 X
Political Change June 2007 X
Human Rights violations Jan 2007 X
Trade Routes/Organizations effects Aug 2006 X
Confict between groups June 2006 X
Philosophers/Leaders ideas and beliefs Jan 2006 X
Global Problems Aug 2005 X
20th Century Politcal Events June 2005 X
Actions of Leaders Jan 2005 X

DBQ Essay Topics

Last DBQ Topics Month Year Geography Non-Geography
Imperialism - Colonial India to Independence Jan 2017 X
Urbanization and Industrialization Aug 2016 X
Nationalism - Post WWII Germany,Palestine, and British India Jun 2016 X
Laws: Tokugawa Shogunate, Nazi Germany, Apartheid Jan 2016 X
Leaders & Governments: Increase Power & Control People Aug 2015 X
Empires: Roman, Ottoman, and Britain Jun 2015 X
Individuals: Problems Emerged & Wanted to Face - Bartolomé de Las Casas, Maximilien Robespierre, and Mohandas Gandhi Jan 2015 X
Turning points: Outbreak of the Bubonic Plague, The Signing of the Nanjing Treaty, and the Assassination of Archduke Ferdinand Aug 2014 X
Geography: Egypt Nile Irrigation, Coal in Great Britain,Aztec & Chinampas Jan 2014 X
Economic Development: China (1976-Present), Mexico (1980–present), Botswana (1966–present) Aug 2013 X
Technological Advancements: stirrup & bow, caraval, railroads Jun 2013 X
Need for food products salt, cotton, and sugar on societies Jan 2013 X
Protest Movements: Women's Rights in Great Britain, Prodemocracy China, Apartheid Aug 2012 X
Autocratic Leaders (Shi Huandi, Peter the Great, Louis XIV) Jun 2012 X
Transportation Systems - Roads, Canals, Railroads Jan 2012 X
Conquests of Mongols/Spanish/Ottoman Aug 2011 X
Human Rights Violations - Ukrainians, Cambodians, and Rwandans June 2011 X
Ideas - Heliocentrism, Natural Rights, Marxism Jan 2011 X
Belief Systems Aug 2010 X
Geographic Factors - Effects on Nations/Regions June 2010 X
Food Production Revolutions Jan 2010 X
Usage and Control of Waterways Aug 2009 X
Middle Ages/Industrial Revolution/Age of Globalization June 2009 X
Da Vinci/L'Ouverture/Gandhi Jan 2009 X
Migrations of People- Jews, Africans, Muslims, Hindus Aug 2008 X
World Problems-Genocide/Threats to Environment/WMD's June 2008 X
Peter the Great/ Adolf Hitler/Mao Zedong Jan 2008
Natural Resources- Water/coal/oil/diamonds Aug 2007 X
Economic Systems- manorialism/mercantilism/communism June 2007 X
French Revolution Jan 2007 X
Cold War- Effects on Europe/Asia/Latin America Aug 2006 X
Industrial Revolution-Positive/Negative Effects June 2006 X
Imperialism-Differing Perspectives Colonists vs Colonizers Jan 2006 X
Wars- Outcomes & Reasons June 2005 X
Conquests of Mongols/Spanish/French Aug 2005 X
Printing Press/Steam-power/Atomic Bomb Jan 2005 X
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