Family is the most important social institution. Healthy and happy families tend to produce persons who are able to enjoy their own lives and to contribute meaningfully to society. In today’s culture, however, families struggle to sustain life-long commitments. The main rationale of this minor is to provide students with knowledge and skills that produce social researchers and practitioners, who are prepared for a career working with peopleyoung and old; men and women; children, teenagers and adults. A focus of this minor is on the development of the individual in a family context throughout the life cycle.