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Extended Essay: Step 1. Choose a Subject

A guide to the research and writing process required for students completing the IB Extended Essay.

Choosing a Subject for Your Extended Essay

Choose a subject and topic that interests you - something you're personally invested in - so you'll stay motivated throughout the EE process.  You should be able to explain and identify to others what you're interested in and why.

Diploma Programme subjects available for Extended Essays for WSA students are:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Classical Languages
  • Design Technology
  • Dance
  • Film
  • Geography
  • Global Politics
  • History
  • Language Acquisition
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Sports, Exercise and Health Science
  • Studies in Language and Literature
  • Theatre *See Theatre EE Guidelines document below.
  • Visual Arts

WSA students may also choose to do one of these inter-disciplinary Extended Essays:

See Step 2. Educate Yourself! for information on these options.

Twelve-step Plan for Researching the Extended Essay - Step 1

1.  Choose an available Diploma Programme subject for the extended essay for the session in question.


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