International Languages, Literatures and Cultures


International Languages, Literatures and Cultures (ILLC)

Five majors

in foreign languages: French, German, and Spanish, including a Pre-Credential Spanish pattern, one of the few such approved programs in the CSU system

in area studies: Asian Studies and Latin American Studies

Ten minors

in foreign languages: French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish. We also offer courses in Arabic.

in area studies: African Studies, Asian Studies, European Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, and Latin American Studies.

Graduate programs

MA in Teaching International Languages 
Graduate Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL)

International Forum

The forum is open to the local community, and consists of a series of presentations (i.e., lectures, debates, and panel discussions) on a wide variety of topics of current international concern.  As an open forum, INST 301 provides ample opportunities for learning and appreciating the richness of multicultural settings.


ChicoSol: (Chico Sun) is a monthly, non-profit online magazine and news service committed to building a cross-cultural community to address social issues in the Northern Sacramento Valley. We cover issues of concern to both English and Spanish-speaking readers through journalism, the arts, and civic action.

CubanaBooks: a non-profit press that publishes bilingual editions of Cuban women writers in the US and promotes their work.

ME: Multicultural Echoes Literary Magazine: CSU, Chico’s multilingual literary magazine, invites students, faculty, staff, and community members to submit their original and unpublished works (poetry, short fiction, and photography) for possible publication.

Student Clubs & Organizations

Foreign language conversation hours (French, German, Italian, Spanish)

TIL Grad Student Association (TILSA)

Chico Italian Academic Organization (CIAO)

Delta Phi Alpha - National German Honor Society

Expresiones Literarias Artísticas y Culturales (ELAC)

French Club

German Club

Japanese Animé Club

Japanese Fusion (J*Fusion)

Phi Sigma Iota - The International Foreign Language Honor Society