Early History and Traditions of the School

At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, courses have been offered in social work for over 100 years. Navigate through the slideshow below to see some of the major milestones at UW-Madison and learn about the establishment of the School of Social Work.

In 1896, the Economics Department at UW began to offer courses in Charities and Corrections, courses designed to educate students in activities related to Scientific Philanthropy.

The program was small - UW's enrollment per year in the late 1800s was under 500 students a year. Today, around 550 students are enrolled in the five degree programs at the School of Social Work.

North Hall, Circa 1885

Pictured: North Hall, circa 1885, the first campus building