LIT 100

Introduction to Literature

3 Undergraduate credits
Effective August 1, 1998 – Present

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

This course introduces students to methods of literary analysis and prepares them for further study in university literature courses. Taking a practical, common-sense approach, the course teaches how to pay attention to a text in order to become a better and more appreciative reader of poetry, drama, short stories and novels.

Learning outcomes


  • Discuss and write about theme and form in a text at an introductory level.
  • Know analytical methods and reading strategies well enough to develop interpretations of works from different literary genres at an introductory level.
  • Understand basic concepts and terms of literary interpretation and analysis.

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum

Goal 6: The Humanities and Fine Arts

  • Demonstrate awareness of the scope and variety of works in the arts and humanities.
  • Understand those works as expressions of individual and human values within a historical and social context.
  • Respond critically to works in the arts and humanities.
  • Engage in the creative process or interpretive performance.
  • Articulate an informed personal reaction to works in the arts and humanities.

Fall 2020

Section Title Instructor
01 Introduction to Literature Ocar, Bethany Pottratz Course details
02 Introduction to Literature: Learning Community TRIO Ocar, Bethany Pottratz Course details

Spring 2021

Section Title Instructor
50 Introduction to Literature Hall, Scott R Course details