UMass students who want to pursue creative and scholarly inquiry into the world of theater, but who cannot commit to the demands of the major, can add our 16-credit minor in theater to their major program. Because we think approaching theater-making from multiple perspectives makes for stronger artists and scholars, students choose two areas of study from performance (acting and directing), dramaturgy, or design and production for greater exploration. Classroom instruction and production experience go hand in hand as students apply what they learn to the mainstage season and/or independent student work. 

As with the major, no audition is required for admission to the theater minor. Students must take two of our introductory courses in the above-mentioned areas, two upper-level courses in the same areas (each for three credits), and one production credit. One additional three-credit theater course, including any of our general education courses, rounds out the requirements for the minor.