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Minor in Theater

For 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, the Department of Theater now offers a 16-credit Minor in Theater. Because we think approaching theater-making from multiple perspectives makes for stronger artists and scholars, students choose two areas of study from Performance, Dramaturgy, or Design 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 Minor in Theater. Unlike the major, Theater general education courses can count toward the minor. We anticipate that students will be able to complete the minor requirements alongside their major in two to four years.

To complete the 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.

You can find more details about the three areas of study from which you will be asked to choose, on their respective pages: 


For the Minor in Theater, students must complete the following:

TH120 – Play Analysis for Theater Production (3 credits)
TH140 – Intro Techniques in Performance (3 credits)
TH160 – Intro Techniques in Design (3 credits)

Two upper-level courses in two fields of Theater (associated with the two intro courses selected from the three above): 6 credits minimum total

TH110 – Performance Management (1 credit)

Any other 3- or 4-credit course within the Department of Theater, including Theater’s general education courses that do not count towards the major:
TH 100 – Intro to Theater
TH 105 – Drama and the Media
TH 130 – Contemporary Playwrights of Color

If you are a UMass student considering the Minor in Theater, please make an appointment with Undergraduate Program Director, Amy Altadonna, to complete the paperwork and discuss your progress toward the minor.