Double Major: Italian Studies and Political Science
Minor: International and Global Studies
My name is Krista Wohlbold and I’m a senior double majoring in Italian Studies and Political Science as well as minoring in International and Global Studies. When I first entered Rutgers I took an intermediate Italian class and had a wonderful instructor who encouraged me to continue studying the Italian language. I quickly decided to declare an Italian minor and soon I would learn that the Italian department is much more than a place to learn a second language. It has introduced me to some of the most welcoming and passionate faculty at Rutgers. I really liked that many of my classes reflected themes from my other coursework in my college career. I recognized this fact after studying abroad in Florence, Italy, when I decided to declare as an Italian Studies major. For me, Italian Studies has allowed me to study Italian culture and society through different disciplines and lenses. It is much more than language learning: it is a combination of literature, history, art history, gender studies, and more. This major has helped shaped my life both at Rutgers and abroad. I am grateful for the experience and I am confident that my Italian Studies background will continue to help me understand and learn new perspectives in whichever path I choose to pursue after graduation.
How did you decide on your major?
After studying abroad in Florence, Italy I decided to make my Italian minor into a major. I wanted to continue taking Italian language and culture classes.
What is it about your chosen field (and the department) that appeals to you?
I love that within the Italian department I can study Italian culture and language through various disciplines such as history and literature. I’ve also liked the class sizes and how it feels like a small welcoming community at such a large university.
Do you have a favorite class/professor within your major?
I think one of my favorite classes was Mafia Movies with Professor Welch. I really liked how we learned about the perception of Italian Americans through film and how it has changed over time. It was both a fun and insightful course and has shaped how I now view movies.
What are your favorite academic experiences outside of your major?
One of my favorite classes I’ve taken at Rutgers was Early Native American History during my freshman year. It was a great course that taught me about a side of history we often hear so little about. Last spring, while studying abroad, I took a history course that was half taught outside the classroom. The first half of each class was a lecture and for the second half my professor took us somewhere in Florence. It was a unique and memorable experience. I’ll always remember taking notes on top of the Duomo.
What are your other Rutgers activities?
I’m actively involved with SCREAM Theater through the Office for Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance. SCREAM is a peer educational, interactive theater program that educates on interpersonal violence including sexual assault, dating violence and bullying. I perform in skits and facilitate the general body meetings. I’m also a Global Ambassador through the Rutgers Center for Global Education and a conversation partner through the International Friendship Program.
What are your plans following graduation?
I plan to work for a non-profit focusing on gender based violence before pursuing higher education and of course one day I want to return to Italy!