How to Change Your World is OWU’s interdisciplinary course for first-year students. It brings together faculty from across OWU to explore complex questions that are both immediate and enduring.

How to Change Your World challenges students to dig deeply into issues that concern them and explore how they might contribute to change. Through this process, they will develop foundational academic skills, such as critical reading and information literacy, that will help them succeed in all their OWU coursework - and begin to design their futures.

MOVE: Mobility, Migration, and Belonging

blur of people in a crosswalkFor the next few years, the topic for How to Change Your World will be “Mobility, Migration, and Belonging.”

The movement of living things has created the world as we know it. People relocate. Animals migrate. Viruses spread. Yet movement also creates conflict – between cultural practices, ideologies, histories, governments, economies, art forms, and organisms that have never coexisted in the same place.

In this course, we investigate the tension between the drive to move and barriers to that mobility. How can we create a more just world that allows for movement while encouraging a sense of belonging and connection? And how do issues of relocation and change affect your own sense of self and the future you imagine?

The amount of work in the seminar will be equivalent with any other 100-level class. However, the seminar is structured differently than other first-year courses, which are generally focused on introducing students to a single discipline, such as psychology or biology. This seminar is interdisciplinary, bringing together faculty and outside experts from the humanities, arts, sciences, and social sciences to explore different aspects of mobility, migration, and belonging.

All incoming students are required to take How to Change Your World in either their first or second semester at Ohio Wesleyan. Students will work with their faculty registration guides to sign up for the course.

For more information about the first-year seminar, see the Frequently Asked Questions.

Contact Info


P 740-368-3863

Faculty Director

Ashley Biser
Faculty Director of First-Year Seminar