Rendering of Irving & Dorothy Levy Hall, the new L&S Building

Irving and Dorothy Levy Hall: The New Letters & Science Building

Construction on Irving & Dorothy Levy Hall, the new College of Letters & Science (L&S) building, is set to begin this year. The Wisconsin State Legislature and Governor included the project in the 2021-23 state budget with $60 million in state support, which will be complemented by $35 million in gifts, including a $20 million contribution from Jeff Levy ’72 and Marv Levy ’68, JD ’71.

Reinvesting in the Heart of UW

The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s new home for L&S, Irving & Dorothy Levy Hall, is destined to play an integral role in serving generations of future UW students. The forward-looking space will support enrollment growth in high-demand fields, modernize the student learning experience, and build connections on campus.

The new building creates a unified home for eight L&S academic departments, programs and centers that are currently spread across five facilities on campus. These include African American Studies, American Indian and Indigenous Studies, Asian American Studies, Chicano/a and Latina/o Studies, Gender & Women’s Studies, History, Jewish Studies, and Religious Studies.

Irving & Dorothy Levy Hall, covering 136,000 square feet over five levels, including one underground, will feature 13 classrooms with capacities ranging from 25 to 400 seats, as well as departmental offices and support areas. The new facility is set to partially replace the aging Humanities Building’s classrooms.

In addition to being a significant upgrade for departments within L&S, a key aspect of the new building will be to provide a space where students can gather and interact informally with each other and their instructors to maximize collaboration. Nearly two-thirds of all undergraduate credit hours are taught by L&S faculty, meaning this collaborative space will drastically enhance the foundation of the UW–Madison educational experience for all students.

As the largest of UW–Madison’s 13 schools and colleges, L&S produces well-rounded, critical-thinking students ready to tackle challenges in business and society. More than 5,000 students earn an L&S degree each year, joining the ranks of more than 240,000 L&S living alumni.

L&S coursework provides the foundation of the UW educational experience. Nearly two-thirds of all undergraduate credit hours come from L&S.

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