I would say It certainly got me more interested in history, wars in general. I wouldn't say its worthy of a degree, but it certainly builds interest and understanding. I would say that it can build a degree of sophistication when it comes to understanding how other countries act, why wars are fought, ect. Although nothing is guarenteed as the absolute truth. You just have to take it at face value. I am very glad that I started playing Civ. reading about international news is actually quite entertaining to me now.