The major in art history examines art in its historical contexts. Rigorous training in the history of visual culture equips students with the analytical and writing skills essential to success in many fields. It prepares them to shape the world as engaged, critical, and creative citizens.

Fast Facts
  • Be guided by faculty who are internationally recognized experts in their fields
  • Change the way you see the world
  • Work and explore in San Antonio’s excellent museums and galleries
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What You'll Study

A Curriculum that Crosses Centuries and Continents


Scholars and Teachers

Art history faculty are among the foremost specialists in their fields internationally and have particular expertise in the art of Mesopotamia, late Medieval and Renaissance art, nineteenth- and twentieth-century painting and photography, Latin American art, and architectural history.

Kate Ritson
Kate Ritson, M.F.A.
Department Chair
Professor, Art and Art History
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Laura Agoston, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Art and Art History
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Douglas Brine, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Art and Art History
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Mark Garrison, Ph.D.
Alice P. Brown Distinguished Professor, Art and Art History
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Kathryn O'Rourke, Ph.D.
Professor, Art and Art History
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Michael Schreyach, Ph.D.
Professor, Art and Art History

Student Opportunities

From San Antonio to the World

The study of art history extends far beyond the classroom. Students learn and work in San Antonio’s excellent museums and galleries and in the streets of this historic city.

Honors Programs

Honors may be awarded to those students who complete a thesis during the senior year.


Research Opportunities

Students may serve as research assistants to faculty members or undertake summer research supported by an Undergraduate Research in the Arts &...

Study Abroad

Venture to London, Paris, Florence, Edinburgh, Mexico City, Tokyo, and around the world!



The art history programs make full use of San Antonio’s rich cultural resources. Students routinely work in local museums and galleries.

Spaces and Facilities

The Michael and Noémi Neidorff Art Gallery serves the Trinity University by presenting dynamic programs of exhibitions, lectures, and events.

Lectures and Events

The Stieren Arts Enrichment Series brings distinguished artists and art historians to campus to lecture and show their work. 

When You Graduate

The World Transformed

No discipline better equips students with the analytical, discriminative, and descriptive skills essential for success in every field.


Trinity graduates are regularly admitted to prestigious graduate programs and hired by major cultural and educational institutions.

Graduate Schools or Programs:

  • Courtauld Institute of Art
  • New York University
  • Northwestern University
  • Princeton University
  • Sotheby's Institute of Art 
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • Winterthur (University of Delaware)

Career Areas:

  • Academia
  • Architecture
  • Art Conservation 
  • Historic Preservation
  • Museums and Galleries 

Notable Companies who have Hired Trinity Graduates:

  • Binghamton University
  • J. Paul Getty Museum
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art 
  • Philbrook Museum of Art
  • San Antonio Museum of Art
  • TGB Partners
  • University of South Carolina
  • Wheaton College

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