A Message from Halcyon Mancuso

Halcyon Mancuso in her study

Hello! I'm Halcyon, the founder and executive director of the Mancuso Humanities Workforce Preparation Center. Thanks for stopping by!

Welcome, students and families!

Do you have concerns about how your college experience—and particularly your choice of a major—will affect your future?

Researchers have documented that after the Great Recession of 2007–2009, many students flocked to majors that they (or their parents) thought would guarantee a job immediately upon graduation and would always lead them to that next job as they built their careers…but I’m here to tell you that you can pursue anything you’re passionate about and still achieve your career goals. If you think that only certain majors make “career-proofing” possible, you might be surprised to learn that’s not true.

Employers tell us that there is a comprehensive set of essential skills and perspectives that will always be in demand, no matter how the job/career landscape changes in the 21st century. Those skills and perspectives are what a humanities degree is all about, and we intentionally teach those skills and perspectives in our FSU humanities departments

So, the Mancuso Humanities Workforce Preparation Center is for you! We'll support both your course of study and your career preparation as we help you:

  • Gain those essential skills and perspectives.
  • Identify the humanities academic experiences and assignments where you’re learning such skills.
  • Speak to employers about the skills you've developed at FSU and write about them in job application materials.


Welcome, faculty members!

The Mancuso Humanities Workforce Preparation Center can help you learn more about what your students need from your classes to translate their learning into employment opportunities. We’re also able to connect you with our network of regional employers, whom you can work with to create internship programs for your FSU departmental needs. We’re here to help you bring into focus what you already do in your classroom to support FSU humanities students as they prepare for their careers.  

Welcome, employers!

The MHWPC can provide a pipeline of well-prepared, newly graduated humanities students who are immediately ready to join your team as productive professionals. We can help you foster the necessary relationships with our professors and students to ensure that when you come to FSU humanities departments, you will find stellar interns and job candidates.

Thank you for your interest in the Mancuso Humanities Workforce Preparation Center! We look forward to working with you. Please contact us if you have any questions or would like to learn more about how the Center can support you!