The creation of the task force, which will be composed of students, faculty and staff, comes amid a surge of violence in Israel and Palestine.
At least 125 people signed the petition for the major thus far.
The changes aim to help students understand their own identities and systemic racism, among other issues.
A campus task force is providing recommendations on how research should return to campus.
Laurie Locascio, UMD's vice president for research, will head the group.
The Division of IT is advising students who have not received hardware to use mobile data, apply to the Student Crisis Fund and seek special offers through local internet providers.
Membership "grew exponentially," with over 270 members, the group's founder said.
UMD community members testified in support of the bill at a hearing Thursday.
Some theatre and dance majors say a required course is too time-consuming for the one credit many of them earn for taking it.