Talent Development Concentration

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This concentration is open to all undergraduate students regardless of major.  Why?  Because the courses provide transferable skills that will be beneficial regardless of the career field you choose. 

Program Overview

As a talent development (TD) professional, you will assess the needs of your organization and propose solutions. Talent Development professionals design, facilitate, and evaluate training programs. Typical jobs include trainer, instructional designer and e-learning specialist.

The Talent Development concentration provides you with these skills:  

  • Leadership
  • Self-awareness
  • Effective communication
  • Collecting and analyzing data for strategic planning
  • Collaborating with others
  • Working successfully in teams
  • Helping others reach their potential 
  • Creating valuable objectives
  • Improved public speaking
  • Meeting/classroom management
  • Managing change for others and self
  • Technology literacy

Add this concentration to your studies because:

  • Great way to reach the credit requirement to graduate
  • Can be meaningful to employers
  • Allow students to gain valuable skills outside of their major
  • Can complement what students are learning in their major
  • Produces a more well-rounded student

The concentration is 15 credit hours and includes three TD courses and two electives in technology, digital media, graphic design, or website development. 


Follow this link for detailed course descriptions.  

Required Courses

12 credit hours of Talent Development concentration courses:

  • TD 111:  Organizational Learning (3 credit hours)
  • TD 113:  Performance Consulting (3 credit hours)
  • TD 114:  Designing, Developing, and Facilitating Learning (3 credit hours) 

Elective Courses

  • TD 112:  Learning and Technology (3 credit hours) or substitute for an approved elective
  • JMC 031:  Multimedia Lab (1 credit)
  • JMC 055:  Digital Media Strategies (3 credits)
  • JMC 059:  Introduction to Visual Communication (3 credits)
  • JMC 105:  Web Page Design (3 credits)
  • Art 021:  Digital Media (3 credits)
  • Art 050:  The Idea of Design (3 credits)
  • Art 051:  Introduction to Typography (3 credits)
  • Art 052:  Form and Concept (3 credits)
  • Art 114:  Web Design (3 credits)


I highly recommend the program.  I learned so mank skills to ultimately be the facilitator I want to be."  -Talia Makla, Drake Class of 2022

Working in Talent Development is all about seeing the hidden potential in others and fostering an environment for them to uncover their greatest potential.  - Eric Shepard, Diversity Consultant - Principal 


If you think the Talent Development concentration might be right for you, chat with your advisor or contact: 

Dr. Cris Wildermuth
Associate Professor


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