South Carolina History Day, the affiliate program for National History Day, engages elementary, middle, and secondary school students in historical research and analysis while developing important skills. Students choose how to present their research from different categories: paper, website, documentary, performance, or exhibit. Students compete at various levels of competition across South Carolina before advancing to the national contest. The Department of History in the Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts at Coastal Carolina University is proud to support education and this program throughout the state. SC Humanities is a supporting sponsor.
In 2017, almost 50 schools competed in regional contests, and more than 300 students competed at the South Carolina state contest, which took place April 2017. Due to a strong increase in participants, new regional contests are being planned for 2017-2018.
55 South Carolina students traveled to Maryland to participate in the National History Day competition in June 2017. Two project placed in the top 10 of their division and category.
South Carolina History Day has also created a new award for teachers in 2017 to recognize one teacher from each division for their work with History Day.