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 Books Course details
02 Introduction to Literature: Learning Community TRIO Ocar, Bethany Pottratz Books Course details

Spring 2021

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