The UW—like most American colleges at that time—initially offered only undergraduate training, but in the late 1860s it began to offer opportunities for advanced (graduate) studies. It moved decisively to strengthen its graduate offerings in the late 1880s and early 1890s.
In 1889-1891 the UW recruited two prominent historians: European medieval historian C. H. Haskins, with a Johns Hopkins PhD in History; and American historian Frederick Jackson Turner, also a Hopkins PhD. In 1892 the distinguished political economist Richard T. Ely, with whom Turner had studied at Hopkins, came to the UW to chair its new School of Economics, Political Science, and History.
Sources: UW Course Catalogs, 1868-1869, -65, and UW Course Catalogs 1889-1890, 65; UWH-1, 446-449, 630-632.