I would say that it's a safe assumption to say that if someone plays a Total War game, they are interested in history. If they weren't before buying a game, they probably became interested after. However, not everyone is so interested that they would perhaps sacrifice time out of their class schedules to take an extra history class, or even become a history major like myself. Or even worse, the specific subject they are interested in learning more about isn't offered in their academic environment (I have been having this issue for a while at my school).
I realize that the internet, specifically a forum devoted to a series of games, is hardly the ideal place to discuss and teach academic subjects. But I don't mean for this to replace actual academics, and I would make that intention known from the very start. I would want this program to be a fun and informative way for people to learn things they otherwise wouldn't have a chance to learn.
What I am planning on offering is a minimum 6 week course, covering the background of the American Civil War all the way until the end. Here is a rough lesson plan (subject to change) of what I have in mind.
Like I said, this is just an idea. I'm trying to get some reaction before I work on the finer points of the course. But I believe you get the general idea.
As far as assignments go, StealthFox and I are working out the finer points, but the assignments look like they will be along the lines of analysis of sources, discussion questions on short readings, and a final essay based on an approved topic by the teacher.
So, based on this information, how many of you would be interested in taking such a course?