The Doctor of Modern Languages program was first proposed by Andre Morize in 1927 with the first degrees being conferred in 1931. The degree was intended to better prepare teachers through linguistic, cultural, and pedagogical training. The program remained small and only 7 degrees were conferred before 1945.
Source: Stameshkin, David M. The Strength of the Hills: Middlebury College, 1915-1990. Hanover: Middlebury College, 1995. Print.