The Verrazano School Honors Program offers honors sections for its students which are smaller than the average section at CSI, are taught by experienced faculty, and offer unique learning experiences.  Honors sections are designated on your transcript as honors. We encourage you to fulfill as many general education and pre-major requirements as possible by taking Verrazano Honors sections. It is great to be surrounded by motivated people, who also happen to be your Verrazano friends.

Here is a list of Verrazano courses offered in the upcoming semester.

You are required to successfully complete at least 3 Verrazano Honors courses (in addition to those taken as part of a Verrazano freshman learning community) to graduate with the Verrazano Honors Distinction.

Among the classes you are required to take as a Verrazano student (some of which will be in your learning community, others not) are

  • ENG 111 (does not count as one of the 3 minimum)
  • ENG 151 (only counts as one of the 3 minimum if not part of a learning community)—no incoming Verrazano freshman are exempt from this requirement.
  • COR 100 (only counts as one of the 3 minimum if not part of a learning community)
  • A Verrazano math course related to your major (counts as one of the 3 minimum)

For science-based courses with labs and lectures, the Verrazano honors lecture section and Verrazano honors lab section must be taken concurrently to be counted as one of the three required Verrazano courses. 

Verrazano students are strongly encouraged to take HON 301 in the junior year to prepare them for capstone work. 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. 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. 

Honors Credit for SLS 301, 302, and 303

Students may take any section of SLS 301, 302, or 303 and convert them toward a Verrazano course by writing a reflective piece for the Verrazano Voyager, our blog. This is not part of your SLS grade, but must be approved by the Verrazano Honors Program to receive honors credit. You are permitted to take the SLS courses out of sequence, but you are required to meet the other prerequisites.

Honors Contract

In some cases, students may be unable to complete the Verrazzano course requirement by taking Verrazzano-designated courses. In these circumstances, students can propose to substitute for one of the required courses. Details will appear on the web soon. In the meantime, please contact for the information and application forms.

  • Information on the Honors Contract
  • Honors Contract Application Form