The Verrazano School
Students who are accepted as incoming freshmen to The Verrazano School will be registered for a learning community for the fall semester. These learning communities (LCs) are sets of classes linked together in which a common group of first-year Verrazano students is enrolled. The classes in LCs are smaller than general sections and taught by experienced faculty. To learn more about Verrazano learning communities and the freshman fall scheduling process, please click here: Verrazano Freshman Learning Communities
Honors writing sections are one of the foundations of the Verrazano freshman experience and are essential to the development of strong writing skills for any major or career field. All incoming freshman in The Verrazano School Honors Program take an honors section of Introduction to College Writing (ENG 111) as part of their freshman fall learning community. Only Verrazano students who earn a "4" or higher on the AP English Language Composition exam will be permitted to receive credit for Introduction to College Writing through the AP score. All Verrazano students are required to take an honors section of College Writing (ENG 151) in the freshman spring or sophomore fall in consultation with the Associate Director. AP Composition exam scores do not provide credit for the College Writing (ENG 151) course.
All students in The Verrazano School take a minimum of three Verrazano-designated course sections in addition to the LC courses before they graduate. These course sections are smaller than the average section at CSI, taught by experienced faculty, and available to academically-qualified students. These course sections also include some type of special component or project that makes them, in some way, qualitatively different from general sections. Components may include, but are not limited to, one or more of the following: oral presentations; learning outside the classroom through field trips, service projects, or research; emphasis on written and oral communication skills; independent research; guest speakers; exploration of interdisciplinary connections between the course content and other fields of study; and active learning such as students leading class discussions. To view the list of Verrazano course sections offered for the upcoming semester, please click here: Verrazano Courses
Verrazano Honors Seminar - HON 301
Verrazano students are strongly encouraged to take HON 301 in the spring of their sophomore or junior year to prepare them for capstone work. HON 301 is an Interdisciplinary Honors Seminar open to all majors and designed for students wishing to conduct guided, interdisciplinary research and/or scholarship as part of their advanced undergraduate experience. This course serves to develop the core skill set and toolkit necessary to conduct independent research, write original research proposals, and communicate research results to a general audience. HON 301 provides support for the required Verrazano capstone project as well as the research conference presentation. Students with over 45 credits completed may consult with the Verrazano office and seek permission of the instructor to enroll in this 4-credit course. The course is currently offered only in the spring and has a maximum enrollment of 15 students