The African American Studies Program at Georgetown University was founded in 2003. Each semester, there are approximately twenty rigorous courses offered, taught by Georgetown's distinguished faculty, that satisfy the minor.
The African American Studies Program sponsors or co-sponsors a number of academic events each year, contributing to the intellectual life and student life of the campus community. The Program sponsors regular colloquies for faculty, staff, and students interested in, working in or minoring in African American Studies. The program has hosted at least one major lecture each year, with speakers including Dr. Lee Baker, anthropologist of Duke University; Dr. Ronald Walters, political scientist of the University of Maryland; Dr. Hortense Spillers, literary and cultural critic of Cornell University, and Dr. Paul Gilroy, cultural theorist and sociologist formerly of Yale University. The Program also sponsors, in conjunction with the British Council, the Lannan Programs, and the GU Humanities Initiative, an annual Black British writer in residency program.
Additionally, the Program sponsors or co-sponsors a number of classroom speakers during the academic year; the program has sponsored lectures of interest to mathematicians, economists, literary critics, historians, musicians, sociologists, anthropologists and political scientists. The Program convened a symposium on Black Women in the Civil Rights Movement (2006), which aired live on C-SPAN, as well as co-sponsored the University's Brown v. Board of Education commemoration in 2004.